In 2017, ARTBA is investing TMAW resources to help:
Federal Transportation Revenue & Tax Reform/Investment Initiative
The year 2017 could offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity to significantly boost federal transportation infrastructure investment AND ensure an enhanced, sustainable revenue stream for Highway Trust Fund programs well into the future. Comprehensive federal tax reform legislation and/or an infrastructure initiative are vehicles likely to move with the support of President Trump in the next Congress.
In anticipation of this unique opportunity, during 2016 ARTBA facilitated the development of an innovative federal transportation revenue and tax reform package—The BOLD Act—for inclusion in such legislation. The package, developed by a team of top industry leaders, proposes a new paradigm for transportation infrastructure funding that broadens the use-based revenue stream into the Highway Trust Fund, including initiation of a new excise on the transportation services cost of shipping goods via Class 7 and 8 heavy trucks.
The BOLD Act plan also provides a focused target for the infrastructure investment initiative pledged by President Trump—a new national initiative to significantly upgrade freight movement in the U.S. through large-scale investments in modernizing the Interstate Highway System and the 18,000-miles of Critical Urban and Rural Highways that connect it to the nation’s major ports, rail hubs, airports, pipelines and inland waterways.
To help ensure this package—which is ARTBA’s #1 priority for 2017—is part of overall tax reform, TMAW will develop and aggressively execute a carefully constructed education and advertising campaign in Washington, D.C., that provides a transportation infrastructure vision for the new Trump Administration and Republican-led Congress to invest in and the messaging they can use to support it with voters. It will include opinion research, focus group analysis, creative materials and ad development and a strategy involving social, digital, cable and print media.
Operation of the ARTBA “Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™” (TIAC)
Entering its fourth year of operation, TIAC has become the preeminent “go to” source of information and research on state and local transportation funding issues and developments across the U.S., a clearinghouse for “best practices” in moving state and local transportation funding legislation and ballot initiatives, and the facilitator of model state legislation. TIAC staffing and activities are wholly reliant on TMAW contributions.
In 2016, TIAC supported the market-building efforts of ARTBA’s contractor state chapters and your allies with: 15 studies and reports; development of model state legislation for taxation of alternatively-fueled motor vehicles; more than 150 blog posts; four widely attended webinars; a “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates” that attracted more than 100 activists from 30 states; and management and coordination of the “Transportation Investment Advocates Council™” that now has 73 members from 31 states.
National Coalition Support
Through TMAW contributions, ARTBA provides leadership and financial support for Washington, D.C.-based coalitions and organizations that back our overall legislative (investment in highways, bridges, public transit, waterways and airports) and regulatory agenda in the Nation’s Capital. These include the 31-member Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), which ARTBA co-chairs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led “Alliance for Transportation Mobility” (ATM), the Waters Advocacy Coalition, the Construction Industry Safety Coalition and The Road Information Program (TRIP). ARTBA’s financial support helps make possible coalition advocacy advertising campaigns, research projects, and special events.
Federal Litigation Support
TMAW makes possible ARTBA participation in federal litigation on behalf of transportation construction industry market, regulatory and business interests. In 2016, this included ARTBA briefs filed in U.S. District Court on litigation challenging the EPA’s decision to expand the definition of the “waters of the U.S.” under federal law to include ditches abutting road projects and OSHA-proposed revisions to federal silica exposure standards.