Congress Reaches Agreement On Temporary Funding Plan For Transportation

With the federal highway trust fund nearing insolvency, Congress reached agreement on a $10.8 billion plan to fund the federal governments share of road and bridge transportation projects through May 2015. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation.

While states, transportation advocates, and others are pleased that this plan will enable the federal government to continue to reimburse states for surface transportation projects and save jobs, they have also made it clear that this “fix” is only temporary.  As reported by Better Roads,

Now that Congress has patched a temporary fix, it is extremely important to work out a long-term agreement. Without a multi-year deal, states are hesitant to start any major road projects in fear of funding running out before completion.

To learn more about federal funding for infrastructure projects and other policies, join us during the MACo summer conference.  Representatives from Senator Barabara Mikulski’s and Congressman John Dulaney’s office will join us to discuss their legislative efforts and more.  This session titled “Federal Funding for County Causes: Partnering  With Your Members of Congress” will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Jessica Monahan, the National Association of Counties Associate Legislative Director for transportation policy will also discuss federal transportation issues on a panel titled “Creative and Collaborative Transportation Solutions to Meet Citizen Needs” being held on Thursday, August 14 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Learn more about MACo’s 2014 Summer Conference:

Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White with questions about Summer Conference.