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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 Set for June 24-26, 2019 – Save the Date!  

NASHTU’s 20th Annual Conference will take place June 24-26, 2019 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C. (415 New Jersey Avenue, NW).

At the 2019 conference, we will share how NASHTU affiliates are adapting to the U.S. Supreme Court Janus decision and discuss successful membership recruitment strategies.  We will also be advocating for NASHTU’s priorities including cost comparison prior to outsourcing and public inspection for federally-funded transportation projects.

Members of Congress, transportation leaders, good government experts, and others will again be invited to share their latest insights.  In addition, the conference will feature informative panels on transportation funding, the status of efforts to reauthorize the FAST Act, labor issues, and other items of interest.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel of $249 per night (single/double occupancy).  The hotel will also honor the special room rate for up to two 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 JUNE19.

As always, if you have suggestions for speakers, panels, or interesting subjects for the conference, please pass them on.


October 29, 2018

Brookings Report: Where States and Prospective Governors Stand on Infrastructure in the 2018 Election

Last week, the Brookings Institute, a non-profit, public policy organization, released a report that looked at how big of a role infrastructure plays in the 36 gubernatorial elections of 2018.  Not surprisingly, the report found that in many states infrastructure has been “a central feature of debates throughout a heated campaign season.”

The report analyzed each of the final Democratic, Republican, and Independent candidates in all 36 states to see whether they had developed infrastructure plans, how detailed those plans were, whether candidates included infrastructure in their stump speeches or websites, and how the press covered infrastructure on the campaign trail.  Based on those findings, the report grouped each candidate into the following categories: (1) briefly mentions infrastructure, (2) detailed mention of infrastructure including separate discussions of transportation, water, broadband and energy, or (3) released actionable infrastructure plans including proposed budget figures.

Interestingly, the report notes that Democratic candidates tended to use more specific language overall on infrastructure than their Republican counterparts.  Of the 36 Democratic candidates running for governor, 26 used detailed language when they discussed infrastructure, nine briefly mentioned infrastructure and only one failed to mention infrastructure at all.  In comparison, of the 36 Republican candidates for governor, only 15 are detailed in their discussions of infrastructure, 14 fell into the briefly mentioned category, and seven failed to mention infrastructure at all.

The report also notes that certain states show far more interest in infrastructure demonstrated by the “overall depth and breadth of candidates’ proposals put forward.” The report’s authors created an infrastructure campaign index, which aims to rank candidates and states based on the detail (or lack thereof) of their infrastructure proposals.  According to the index, Michigan, Colorado, and New Mexico ranked at the top of the index, followed by California, Georgia, and Massachusetts.  All of these states included candidates that discussed a broad range of infrastructure issues and had detailed proposals for each infrastructure sector.

Are you curious to see how your state gubernatorial candidates stack up?  Click here to see the full report, methodology and results.

April 24, 2018

2018 NASHTU Conference a Smashing Success!

By any measure, NASHTU’s 19th Annual Conference, held April 16 through 18, was among the most productive and interesting conferences in our history.

NASHTU conference attendees heard from three Senators including Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Ranking Democrat on the Senate EPW Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who is also a member of the EPW Committee.  In addition, we also heard from four members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, including the Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chair Sam Graves (R-MO), and Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).

On the Tuesday afternoon of the conference, NASHTU members had the opportunity to meet with their state’s Congressional delegation and advocate NASHTU’s legislative priorities including increased transportation funding and limiting outsourcing of transportation services on federally funded transportation projects.  That evening, NASHTU hosted a well-attended Congressional Reception that included 12 Members of Congress and dozens of congressional staff members.
The three-day conference also included many informative panels and presentations on transportation funding alternatives, upcoming legislative and regulatory battles, labor issues, and multiple other topics of interest.

In the coming weeks, NASHTU will be posting proceedings, photos, and some of the presentations of the 2018 conference on our website at www.nashtu.us.  For additional information, please contact us at nashtu@nashtu.us.

News Stories

Annual Study Updates Impact Of Traffic Congestion On Job Access Within Major U.S. Cities — The latest research updates for an annual study overseen by the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs indicates that Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco are now the top three U.S. metropolitan areas for “loss in job accessibility” due to traffic congestion. — AASHTO Journal — October 26, 2018

County experts talk more money for roads and bridges — Driving in traffic, running over a pothole or facing road closures.  “Our infrastructure has really gotten to the critical stage. We’re actually looking at some 60 year old roads that we are thinking of cutting back to dirt or gravel,” said Henry County Probate Judge David Money. — Lydia Nusbaum for WSFA12 News — October 25, 2018

How Would a Split Congress Deal with Infrastructure Bills? — Midterm election predictions at ENR press time give Democrats a decent chance of taking a House majority and Republicans retaining their Senate hold. That forecast isn’t a sure thing. But if it proves true on Nov. 6, construction views are split about whether a big infrastructure bill will fly in a divided Congress. — Tom Ichniowski for Engineering News-Record — October 24, 2018