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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.


Lots of Focus – but Few Details – on Anticipated Infrastructure Funding Proposal

As the second half of the tumultuous 115th Congress gets underway, it seems every day brings new information about the Administration’s much discussed infrastructure funding proposal – now expected to be released around the State of the Union address on January 30.

Over the weekend, the Washington Post covered a series of meetings between the Administration and GOP leadership at Camp David.  The Post highlighted the mixed signals coming from the Administration on their infrastructure plan.  Apparently, the President once again expressed his concerns about the workability of public-private partnerships for infrastructure while Gary Cohn, his chief economic advisor, pitched a detailed plan that relied heavily on private sector investments and public-private partnerships.  The Cohn proposal calls for $200 billion in new federal government spending in order to trigger a theoretical $1 trillion in private and state/local government spending, according to the Washington Post.

Read the full article here.

Also this week, the bipartisan Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus released its own infrastructure plan hoping to “shape the conversation” ahead of the release of the Administration’s proposal.  Their plan – put together by a working group co-chaired by T&I committee members Reps. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and John Katko (R-NY) – includes a call for sustainable, dedicated transportation funding through a gas tax increase, indexing the gas tax to inflation, and/or the implementation or increasing of other related user fees on electric, hybrid and freight vehicles.

The softly-worded phrasing of the recommended gas tax increase did not protect it from the predictable chorus of Congressional opposition, including from many legislators who are themselves members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, according to Wednesday’s edition of Politico’s Morning Transportation Newsletter.

Given the business friendly make-up of the Problem Solvers Caucus, it is disappointing but not surprising that their plan also includes plenty of so-called private sector solutions to the infrastructure challenge.  The plan calls for increased TIFIA funding, expanding the use of private activity bonds and incentives for states that have enabling legislation to allow public-private partnerships for project delivery.

Read the full report here.

As always, NASHTU will be working with our friends in Congress to ensure that the upcoming infrastructure spending plan include safeguards to protect taxpayers and ensure that federal transportation dollars are spent on safe, cost-effective transportation projects.

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

Trump might have just opened the door to an infrastructure deal with Democrats — President Trump might have just created a clear path for an infrastructure deal with Democrats in 2018, says a former Clinton administration official. Trump surprised Republican leaders over the weekend when he told them he didn’t think public-private partnerships are going to work to rebuild America’s aging roads, bridges and other infrastructure. — Heather Long for The Washington Post — January 10, 2018

House Lawmakers Outline ‘Menu’ of Infrastructure Solutions — As Congress and construction industry groups continue to wait for President Trump to release long-promised details of his infrastructure investment plan, a bipartisan group of U.S. House members is proposing an array of possible ways to increase infrastructure funding and make improvements in how projects are financed and implemented. — Tom Ichniowski for ENR — January 10, 2018

Mixed signals on infrastructure plan emerge from Trump retreat — President Trump expressed misgivings about his administration’s infrastructure plan Friday at Camp David, telling Republican leaders that building projects through public-private partnerships is unlikely to work — and that it may be better for the government to pursue a different path. — Josh Dawsey for The Washington Post — January 7, 2018