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The National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU) is dedicated to ensuring that federal transportation dollars are spent on cost-effective, safe projects that serve the public interest. NASHTU is comprised of 38 unions and associations representing hundreds of thousands of state and locally employed transportation engineers, construction managers and inspectors, technical workers and related public servants from throughout the United States.

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Registration for the 2018 NASHTU Conference Now Open!

Now that 2018 is upon us, it is time to register for the 19th Annual NASHTU Conference – scheduled for April 16 through 18, 2018 – at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C.

The NASHTU Conference provides an important opportunity for transportation unions and associations to come together and strategize how to best serve our members and deliver safe, cost-effective transportation projects for taxpayers.

NASHTU members and their participation and advocacy at our annual conferences have been key to our successful efforts to defeat legislative proposals that would have encouraged or mandated the outsourcing of transportation services.

With the details of the Administration’s infrastructure funding proposal expected to be released in the coming weeks, hopefully the conference will be an ideal time for NASHTU members to help shape the debate around the infrastructure funding package.

As usual, NASHTU is planning an impressive conference agenda this year including addresses by Members of Congress, U.S. DOT officials, good government advocacy groups, labor leaders, transportation industry experts, and many others.  If you have ideas for interesting speakers or panels for the 2018 NASHTU Conference, please let us know at nashtu@nashtu.us.

To register for the 19th Annual NASHTU Conference, please visit our conference webpage.  Conference registration is $270 per person.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel of $329/night for single/double occupancy.  To take advantage of the special pricing, please call the hotel at 888/513-7445 and reference the NASHTU Conference.  The hotel will also honor this special room rate for up to three days prior to and post-conference, subject to hotel availability.


NASHTU Notes

State of the Union Continues Infrastructure Tease

During Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address, President Trump called on Congress to pass an infrastructure bill that generates $1.5 trillion and streamlines the project approval process.  He waxed poetic about “American grit” and how we can “reclaim our building heritage. We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land.”  Unfortunately, the President made no mention of how he would pay for the plan.

Shortly after the SOTU, the White House released an infrastructure fact sheet that discusses the broad details of a plan.  The fact sheet claims that the President’s proposal will generate at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment and be divided among programs that incentivize new state and local investments, rural projects, and transformative infrastructure.  The plan also eliminates what are termed “unnecessary redundancies and inefficiencies” in the regulatory and permitting process.

Another noteworthy detail about the White House-generated fact sheet – it drops any mention of private investment as part of the plan.  This is in sharp contrast with a six-page infrastructure outline of the Trump plan that was leaked to the press last week.  The outline references private sector financing repeatedly as instrumental to the plan.

This, coupled with the President’s known opposition to P3s for infrastructure projects, could be a simple inconsistency or signs of disagreement among Administration officials about different components of the plan.  Compare the two memos for yourself below.

SOTU White House Infrastructure Fact Sheet

Trump Administration Infrastructure Outline


Tis the Season – Please renew your NASHTU dues!

This past week a letter went out to all NASHTU affiliates urging you to renew your membership for 2017-18 – which is a polite way to say please send us a check.  As you know, NASHTU is a volunteer-driven organization.  Your dues pay only for direct overhead and conference-related expenses.

By working together, NASHTU has become a respected, national voice dedicated to advancing the interests of transportation department employees throughout the country.

We have won important legislative and regulatory victories over the years to stop wasteful outsourcing mandates and incentives in federal transportation authorizations, the federal budget and appropriation bills, and other transportation-related legislation.  NASHTU’s annual conferences give our members a chance to hear from key Members of Congress and other transportation leaders, share perspectives on federal and state outsourcing trends, and learn about other relevant policy issues.

We also, of course, keep our members connected throughout the year via NASHTU Notes.  Please urge others to sign up at www.nashtu.us.

To help NASHTU continue its mission, please choose to be a NASHTU Sustaining Member for $1,000 per year.  A general membership for $300 per year is also available.

Thank you for your continued support and participation in NASHTU.

NASHTU Membership Renewal Form


News Stories

Dems call for $1 trillion federal investment in infrastructure —  House Democrats on Thursday called for $1 trillion in federal dollars for an infrastructure overhaul, a proposal that comes just days ahead of the announcement of President Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure proposal. — Mallory Shelbourne for The Hill — February 8, 2018

Trump Ready to Release Infrastructure Plan Monday, Official Says — President Donald Trump expects to release on Monday his long-awaited plan to generate at least $1.5 trillion to upgrade U.S. roads, bridges, airports and other public works, according to a White House official. The White House plans to release about 30 to 40 pages of principles to kick off the process for producing legislation. The release will outline Trump’s strategy to generate new investment, streamline the project review and permitting process to two years or less and provide funding for projects in rural areas, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss policy that hasn’t been publicly announced. — Mark Niquette for Bloomberg — February 6, 2018

Five things to know about Trump’s leaked infrastructure draft — A draft of the Trump administration’s principles for an infrastructure plan leaked earlier this week, providing industry leaders and lawmakers with a glimpse of what might be coming from the White House this year. The undated document, obtained by The Hill, describes an infrastructure plan as a push for improvements to water infrastructure, transportation and Veterans Affairs facilities. — Mallory Shelbourne for The Hill — January 24, 2018