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  • Washington Post Calls for Gas Tax Increase

    The Washington Post Editorial Board called on Congress to increase the federal user fee on gallons of gasoline to support infrastructure. The column shows that there may be growing public support for lawmakers to increase this fee to fund infrastructure. In a July 6 editorial, The Post highlighted that 31 of 50 states have increased…

    Posted 7/10/19 at 1:58 PM

  • NSSGA Podcast: A Proactive Approach to Infrastructure

    In this episode of NSSGA’s podcast, Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., talks about the roles Congress can play in advancing our nation’s infrastructure. “We’re now going to get to the point where the lack of investment in our infrastructure is actually going to help throttle back or govern our economy, and that’s problematic because it prevents…

    Posted 6/27/19 at 3:29 PM

  • Workforce Development Grants Available July 1

    New reforms to strengthen the Perkins career and technical education (CTE) program will go into effect July 1. Approved by Congress and signed into law last year, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) updates the federal education grant program to help more students gain the skills they need…

    Posted 6/26/19 at 4:15 PM

  • NSSGA, U.S. Chamber Coalition Letter to President Trump and Congressional Leaders: Fund Infrastructure Now

    NSSGA joined with the U.S. Chamber and coalition partners on a letter to President Trump and leadership of the House and Senate, urging them to renew action on infrastructure investment legislation now.  Each side acknowledges the need to invest in and improve our nation’s infrastructure.  Our elected leaders must resume discussions toward legislative action on…

    Posted 6/19/19 at 12:29 PM

  • Court Decision May Make Workplace Exams Rule More Stringent

    On June 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision ordering the Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) to restore two key provisions of the workplace examination rule that MSHA had published in 2018. This case was brought about by concerns from United Steelworkers, United Mine Workers of American and other…

    Posted 6/14/19 at 11:02 AM

  • Senate E&PW Committee Urges Fast Act Reform

    Chairman John Barasso, R-Wyo., and Ranking Member Tom Carper, D-Del, of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (E&PW), sent a letter to senate leadership asking the majority and minority leaders to consider repealing a provision of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).  On May 9, 2019, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee…

    Posted 6/13/19 at 4:23 PM

  • Ranking Member Talks Infrastructure Topics

    This episode of NSSGA’s podcast features an interview with Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., the ranking Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. We sat down with the top Republican on the large committee to talk about infrastructure goals of this Congress, from funding maintenance and improvements to the effects of flooding on levee systems….

    Posted 6/13/19 at 4:12 PM

  • Supporting Transportation Spending

    On Monday, June 3, NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson, sent a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations thanking the members for drafting and advancing the Fiscal Year 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Appropriations bill. For more details, take a look at the fact sheets and summaries provided…

    Posted 6/6/19 at 4:05 PM

  • Flying High with FAA Grants

    On Wednesday, June 5, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released a press advisory saying that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $840 million in airport infrastructure grants. “This significant investment in airport improvements will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” said U.S. Department of…

    Posted 6/6/19 at 4:05 PM

  • Infrastructure Remains Pressing Issue for U.S. Mayors

    As reported by Transport Topics, The National League of Cities released their annual report, the “State of the Cities,” that analyzed 153 speeches by mayors between January and April 2019. Of those speeches, 57 percent focused significantly on concerns related to infrastructure funding, as well as projects having to do with access roads, local streets,…

    Posted 6/6/19 at 4:05 PM

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