Congress is on their spring recess during the next two weeks, giving local officials a perfect opportunity to speak with them of issues of importance such as transportation and the 2013 budget.
As you do so, please talk to them about the need for a longer term transportation funding bill that will bring stability to decisions being made at the state and local level on rebuilding our transportation system. The Congress recently passed another 90-day extension of the current act. The League and other local government and transportation advocates supported passage of S. 1813. While not perfect, S. 1813 and its House counterpart, H.R. 14, would be a good place to start. .
Also speak to your congressional representative about the 2013 budget. Earlier this year, the Obama administration put its proposal on the table and the House recently passed its own. Members are urged to encourage Congress to take a balanced approach to the budget. Be sure to speak to your representative about the importance of various federal programs you have used to improve quality of living in your community. A sample resolution is also available for councils to adopt.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.