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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.


NASHTU Notes

October 3, 2019

California P3 a ‘Highway Boondoggle’  

In the Public Interest’s communications director and NASHTU presenter, Jeremy Mohler, recently wrote an article for the Talking Points Memo about California’s disastrous Presidio Parkway public-private partnership.  In the article, he argues – quite correctly – that P3s are a poor replacement for robust federal investment in our nation’s infrastructure.

The Presidio Parkway P3 is a 1.6 mile section of U.S. 101 south of the Golden Gate Bridge.  The $1.3 billion dollar project is now nearly three years behind schedule and $208 million over budget.  Under traditional design-bid-build delivery, the project was estimated to cost less than $500 million.

In the article, Mohler mentions that California taxpayers are paying the private investors who bankrolled the project a hefty 14.2% return instead of the below market government bond interest rates afforded to projects that use traditional financing.

Mohler argues that what is really needed is more, direct federal investment for all infrastructure.  Federal infrastructure investment has fallen by half over the last 35 years, placing a greater burden on state and local tax revenue.

“While corroding pipes in the Rust Belt cities like Flint, Michigan, and collapsing dams have gained headlines, the use of public-private partnerships is just as alarming,” he said.  “A growing industry of multinational banks, construction firms and water corporations is peddling expensive capital to elected officials from Maryland to the Bay Area.”

As federal investment shrinks, Mohler argues, desperate elected officials are turning to private investors to finance their infrastructure needs – to the detriment of their taxpayers and the public interest.

Read the full article here.