Transportation negotiations begin to sour

Posted on June 4, 2012 by Dene Westbrook

Recent reports from the conference committee tackling a new transportation authorization is that negotiations my have hit a stand still. 

Not only does the House Republican legislative agenda for the remainder of spring and summer not even mention transportation, but several House Republicans are now demanding a floor vote instrictuing House conferees to limit transportation spending to the funding available in the Highway Trust Fund. This would reduce transportation funding by at least 34% and conflict with the Senate passed bill pssed last month.

Unless negotiators can come to agreement soon, it looks like another extension is on the way. With that in mind, the League has written a letter to Congressmen Camp and Upton (members of the conference committee) as well as the entire Michigan delegation detailing the need for some certainty by enacting a longer term transportation funding bill that provides adequate funding, and programs that will give locals the ability to create vibrant places for economic growth.  conference committee letter_may2012.pdf (576.62 kb)

Members are strongly encouraged to speak with their congressional representatives. They need to hear from you about the importance of transportation infrastructure and the positive impact it can have on the economy of both urban and rural areas of our state. 

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

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