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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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NASHTU Conference 2018 – Save the Date!

The 19th Annual NASHTU Conference will be held April 16-18, 2018 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C. (415 New Jersey Avenue, NW).

At the 2018 conference, we will once again advocate for NASHTU’s priorities including cost comparison prior to outsourcing and public inspection for federally-funded transportation projects.  We also plan to invite Members of Congress, transportation leaders, good government experts, and others to share their latest insights.  In addition, the conference will feature numerous informative panels on transportation funding, the status of the Administration’s much-anticipated infrastructure legislation, labor issues, and other items of interest to NASHTU attendees.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel of $329 per night (single/double occupancy).  The hotel will also honor the special room rate for up to three days prior to and post conference, subject to hotel availability.  To book your room, please go to www.liaisoncapitolhill.com or call 888/513-7445.  NASHTU’s Group ID is AP1518.

If you have suggestions for speakers, panels, or interesting subjects for the conference, please let us know.


NASHTU Notes

Tennessee Cuts Consultants to Save Money

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) reported during its annual budget hearings in early November that they have saved $54 million since FY 2012 by reducing the use of engineering consultants in favor of hiring more DOT staff.  The testimony, by Department Commissioner John Schroer, also stated that the department is continuing to hire additional staff to meet the departmental goal of 4,450 full-time positions, further reducing its need to outsource work to private consultants.

Republican Governor Bill Haslan jokingly responded during the Commissioner’s testimony that TDOT’s actions are ruining Tennessee’s reputation for outsourcing state government services.  Commissioner Schroer gently chided the Governor that it was his job to deliver the best transportation program at the lowest possible price.  He also reminded the Governor that before this hiring initiative, TDOT would lose engineering staff to private sector firms and then end up paying those same private firms four times as much to complete the same work.

The department is implementing the staff/consultant changes as a response to the findings of Tennessee’s 2011 TN Forward: Top to Bottom Review.  The report found that “by reducing dependency on consultants and increasing the number, skills and capabilities of TDOT’s professional staff, an estimated total of $14.5 million per year: in the areas of project design/development ($3 million); environmental inspection ($3.2 million); and construction engineering and inspection ($8.3 million) could be made available for reallocation… to additional road and bridge projects.”  The report recommended that TDOT rebuild its professional staff to a level that facilitates increased in-house engineering and construction inspection.

More information below:

Tennessee Budget Hearings – November 8, 2017

TN Forward: Top to Bottom Review – Chapter 22 Transportation


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

Top GOP Senator won’t rule out gas tax hike for infrastructure upgrades — The Senate’s No. 3 Republican left the door open on Tuesday to raising the federal gasoline tax to pay for infrastructure improvements — an idea currently being considered by the White House, but one that has repeatedly run into a buzz saw of opposition on Capitol Hill. — Melanie Zanona for The Hill — October 31, 2017

GOP chairman: No appetite for gas tax hike now in House — The head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on Thursday that there is little appetite in the lower chamber right now for a hike in the federal gasoline tax. — Melanie Zanona for The Hill — October 26, 2017

New California gas tax hike goes into effect Nov. 1 — California’s new gas tax hike goes into effect Nov. 1 — a time when drivers across the state are already paying some of the highest fuel taxes in the nation. — Mike Luery for KCRA 3