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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 April 20-22, 2020 – Save the Date!

NASHTU’s 21st Annual Conference will be held April 20 through 22, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C.  Please be sure to save the dates!

The timing of the 2020 NASHTU Conference couldn’t be better.  Congress will be hard at work negotiating a new surface transportation authorization to take the place of the FAST Act, which expires in the fall of 2020.  NASHTU members will be well-positioned to advocate for common sense transportation policies that will ensure that transportation projects are delivered safely and cost effectively.

As always, the conference agenda will be packed with keynote addresses from Members of Congress, government officials, good government advocacy groups, transportation industry experts, labor leaders and many others.  Conference attendees will also head to Capitol Hill to meet with their state’s Congressional Representatives and urge support for NASHTU’s objectives.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel (400 New Jersey Avenue, NW) of $339 per night (single/double occupancy).  The hotel will also honor the special room rate for up to two days prior to and after the conference, subject to hotel availability.  Advance reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 202/737-1234.  Please be sure to mention the NASHTU Conference when booking your accommodations.

As always, if you have suggestions for speakers, panels, or interesting subjects for the conference, please let us know.  We look forward to seeing you at the 21st NASHTU Conference.


November 27, 2019

Congress Repeals $7.6 Billion Claw-Back of Transportation Funds

A one-month continuing resolution that keeps the federal government running through December 20 includes a provision that repeals a $7.6 billion rescission or elimination of federal-aid highway funding.  The continuing resolution gained final Congressional approval and the President signed the measure into law last week.

The planned rescission of highway funding was originally included in the current transportation authorization, the FAST Act, as a way to reduce the authorization’s overall price tag.  The $7.6 billion cut was scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2020.

According to a FHWA state-by-state table dated October 30, Texas would have lost the most of any other state under the rescission, about $960 million.  New Jersey ranked second and stood to lose $630 million, followed by Pennsylvania ($469 million), Illinois ($452 million) and Missouri ($350 million).

In an Engineering News-Record article about the rescission repeal, House Transportation and Infrastructure leaders praised the repeal.  Committee Chair Peter DeFazio said the rescission fix would “give states the certainty they need to carry out long-term projects that make a difference.”  The committee’s ranking Republican, Rep. Sam Graves said that the effort was “a major victory for every state across the country.”

Read more in the Engineering News-Record.