Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Register
Community Search
Bulletins, News, and Press: MITA In the News

Coalition calls for break in road funding deadlock

Monday, May 21, 2012   (0 Comments)
Share |
A coalition of labor unions and environmental organizations called on Congress today to break a legislative deadlock that threatens billions of dollars in funding for road construction and mass transportation.

Standing outside the CATA Transportation Center at 420 S. Grand Ave., Mark Schauer, national co-chairman of the BlueGreen Alliance Jobs21, called on the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to reach agreement on reauthorizing a five-year package. The House version would offer $260 billion for transportation funding nationally. Since Sept. 2009, partisan gridlock has resulted in Congress passing nine short-term extensions instead of passing a six-year transportation bill. The latest short-term extension expires June 30.

“Historically, this is not normal,” said Schauer, a former Democratic Michigan congressman who was a member of the House Transportation Committee. “Transportation bills have been bipartisan.”

Mike Nystrom, a coalition member and executive vice president at the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, said the short-term extensions have created uncertainty among road construction companies in Michigan, hurting the state’s economy. The association represents road construction companies.

more Calendar

2017 Metro Holiday Party

Featured Members

Online Surveys
Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal