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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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2018 NASHTU Conference a Smashing Success!

By any measure, NASHTU’s 19th Annual Conference 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.


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


NASHTU Notes

Budget Compromise Delivers for Transportation

Late last week, Congress approved and the President signed a federal spending bill that adds billions of dollars to highway, transit and other transportation programs.

According to the bill summary, lawmakers approved an additional $2.525 billion in new spending out of the federal general fund on highways and bridges beyond levels authorized in the FAST Act.  A vast majority of the additional money – $1.98 billion – will be distributed through formula programs to state departments of transportation.  The remaining funds are split between federal lands/tribal projects ($300 million), a new rural highway bridge discretionary grant program ($225 million), and Puerto Rico ($15.8 million) and other U.S. territory highways ($4.2 million).

The budget bill also triples the amount of money available for TIGER grants – from $500 million to $1.5 billion.  The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant program is a U.S. DOT discretionary grant program that provides funding for highway and other infrastructure projects that have a “significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area.”

Read the AASHTO Journal article here.


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