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Published on Friday, March 10, 2017

There is still a chance to preserve the Public Works Trust Fund if we keep up the pressure

We are still hearing positive indications that the House is interested in moving forward with an amended version of the AWC public works reform proposal, HB 1677, and using that as a vehicle to advance a conversation about preserving the Public Works Assistance Account. That would likely occur alongside their budget rollout in the coming weeks.

We continue to benefit from broad bipartisan support in the House for preserving this program. Frankly, there is broad bipartisan support from many Senators as well as rank and file legislators that are very supportive of this program, it just isn’t faring well when the budgets are finalized. We still expect a big fight as the session winds down. Will this be the year that the Public Works Trust Fund is revived, or will it be the final nail in the coffin?

We are still in the ball game, but we need you to continue to tell your Representatives and Senators that the Public Works Trust Fund is a priority for your city. They know all cities want this, but you need to make sure they know that their specific cities want it too, and that you want your legislators to fight for this program.