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Published on Friday, May 8, 2015

What’s happening with negotiations on a statewide transportation package?

We remain optimistic that a comprehensive transportation package will pass this year. Transportation leaders from both chambers have been meeting regularly to negotiate a package that can pass both chambers and be signed by the Governor. Final resolution of this issue will not likely happen until the operating budget is settled, but there appears to be momentum get this package passed.

Click here for a chart comparing how the two chambers address city priorities in their starting proposals.

Contact your legislators and urge them to pass a comprehensive transportation package this session. Here are some key points to emphasize:

  • Adopt the House's proposal for direct distribution – Cities need street maintenance funds that they can count on.
    The House proposal includes 50% more in direct distributions to cities than the Senate. Additionally, the House approach is a direct distribution of the increased gas tax that would be distributed to cities automatically in statute. The Senate includes non-gas tax funds that would need to be appropriated each biennium. (See links below for city-by-city distribution estimates.)
  • Increase funds to the Transportation Improvement Board so existing programs can continue.
    Both the House and Senate failed to provide the Transportation Improvement Board with enough funds to continue existing programs. The Legislature needs to dedicate $80 million (rather than the $54 million they've included) to continue funding for small and mid-sized city preservation programs and the LED streetlight conversion program.
  • Retain language for local options – Cities need increased transportation benefit district motor vehicle fee authority.
    Both chambers increase the transportation benefit district motor vehicle fee authority – the House up to $50 and the Senate up to $40.

Also, we encourage you to show your support of the transportation package on social media by sharing your city's transportation needs. Use #TranspoNow.

Click below for city-by-city direct distribution estimates. Keep in mind the dollar amounts are the total that would be distributed over 16-years.

Categories: Transportation