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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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Top EPW Democrat to Speak at NASHTU Conference

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, will be among the distinguished speakers at the 2018 NASHTU Conference in April.  Other confirmed speakers include House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Members Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL).  Many other Members of Congress and key transportation leaders have also been invited and are likely to address the conference.

If you haven’t yet registered for the 19th NASHTU Conference, time is running out!  The conference is set to be held April 16 through 18, 2018 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C.  NASHTU’s discounted room rate of $329/night at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel will only be honored through this Thursday, March 15.  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 after the conference, subject to availability.

To register for the 19th Annual NASHTU Conference, please visit our conference webpage at


Oregon VMT Pilot Program Gets White House Shout Out 

The Trump Administration’s Council of Economic Advisors released a report Wednesday that touts Oregon’s VMT pilot program as “a reasonable means to fund infrastructure,” suggesting support for a new way of funding transportation projects.  The pilot program, called OReGO, charges volunteers 1.7 cents for every mile they travel on the state’s public roads.  The program then provides participants with credits for the state’s fuel taxes.  The report goes on to praise Oregon’s program as one that “allows consumer choice, is based on an open technological platform, and is administratively feasible.”  The report also criticizes the current gas tax-based funding system saying it is not sustainable due to the increased use of electric and hybrid vehicles and that it fails to encourage efficient use of existing roadways.

Read more in The Hill.

ICYMI – Trump Releases Much Anticipated Infrastructure Plan 

Last week, President Trump released both his FY 2019 budget proposal and his Administration’s infrastructure investment plan.  The budget proposal includes heavy cuts in transit and rail while the infrastructure plan provides $200 billion in new federal grants and loans over the next 10 years.  What’s missing in either plan is a fix for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).  The HTF continues to bring in less revenue through excise taxes and other vehicle fees than it is authorized to spend, causing the federal government to have to backfill the HTF with billions in general fund revenues every year since 2009.

Read more in the AASHTO Journal.

Trump Goes Off-Script – Pitches 25-cent Gas Tax Increase

In a private infrastructure meeting with Members of Congress from both parties, President Trump reportedly urged them to consider a 25-cent gas tax increase.  A gas tax increase would be the easiest way to shore up the Highway Trust Fund but has been long considered an impossible task.  It was last raised at the federal level in 1993.  According to Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE), Ranking Democrat on the Senate EPW Committee, Trump “came back to the idea of a 25-cent increase several times throughout the meeting” and “even offered to help provide the leadership necessary so that we can do something that has proven difficult in the past.”
Predictably, Republican lawmakers in the room were quick to push back on a gas tax increase.  Senate EPW Chair John Barrasso (R-WY) said he was opposed to raising the gas tax offering the standard complaint that “not everyone who uses the roads pays the tax, and not all of the money collected goes towards fixing America’s aging roads and bridges.”

Read more in the Washington Post.

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’s infrastructure push hits wall in Congress — Less than a month after its release, President Trump‘s infrastructure plan appears to have crashed and burned in Congress. Republicans are openly questioning whether action on the issue is likely, while their leaders are moving on to other priorities. — Mallory Shelbourne for The Hill — March 10, 2018

Drivers would pay tax on miles traveled under lawmaker’s plan — Drivers could pay a tax based on how many miles their vehicles travel under a plan being pushed by Missouri Rep. Sam Graves, who’s vying to become the powerful new chairman of the House Transportation Committee. While exact plans for such a tax remain vague, the fees could be calculated based on odometer checks, GPS devices, cellular technology or radio-frequency identification devices that would track how far a vehicle travels and charge drivers accordingly. — Lindsay Wise for Miami Herald — March 7, 2018

Poll: Voters are split on raising the gas tax — Voters are split on whether the federal gas tax should be increased to pay for infrastructure improvements, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Forty-six percent of respondents said that raising the tax would is a good idea, while 44 percent said it’s a bad idea. The survey comes after President Trump backed an increase in the gas tax during a meeting with lawmakers last week on infrastructure proposals. — Naomi Jagoda for The Hill — February 20, 2018