House Members Write Dear Colleague Asking for State DOT Relief
NSSGA has exciting news to share on the state Department of Transportation (DOT) relief efforts:
This week, a bipartisan House Dear Colleague letter to spotlight the critical need of state DOT agencies and the related infrastructure projects they implement was issued by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Members Reps. Carbajal (CA), Gibbs (OH), Katko (NY) and Lamb (PA). The letter asks to include state DOT relief funds in Congress’s future infrastructure package that would be passed this year.
These relief funds for state DOTs are critical to continue the vital highway, road and bridge projects across the country and improve our national economy. Read NSSGA’s statement urging House members to sign onto the letter.
As you recall, in 2020 over $10 billion in public works construction projects and improvements were lost due to the pandemic. Last spring, a similar bipartisan House Dear Colleague letter, that garnered 137 signatures, was written urging Congress to include relief funds for state DOTs. This initial letter helped NSSGA successfully lead efforts to secure $10 billion during the 116th Congress.
However, more is still needed for our highways, roads, and bridges. It is expected that state DOTs will absorb another $28 billion in lost revenues over the next four fiscal years. Soliciting support via this bipartisan Dear Colleague letter will help spotlight this need. It will also reiterate what these critical projects mean for our local economy and vital infrastructure network. NSSGA will continue to work on your behalf on this issue and we ask for you to stay engaged on this issue. If you have any questions on this update, please contact Nile Elam, director Government Affairs or Michele Stanley, vice president of Government and Regulatory Affairs.