July 9, 2014
Re: Federal Transportation Funding Severely Depleted Action Needed Now
Thank you all so much for your follow-up on our May 20 transportation funding letter (http://www.njslom.org/letters/2014-0520-Transportation.html). We are very grateful to all of you who have reached out to your State and Federal representatives on this coming crisis.
Right now, we need to focus our attention on Congress . The current federal surface transportation program, MAP-21, will expire on September 30, 2014. Before then, the Highway Trust Fund, which funds the roads and bridges we use every day, is expected to reach a shortfall this summer.
As Congress debates how to best address these issues, New Jersey municipal leaders must be a part of the debate. Without a strong voice from local government, we risk gridlock or a transportation bill that neglects the important role that local governments play in creating a strong national transportation network.
The immediate focus of Federal policy makers must be on a short term solution to the Highway Trust Fund shortfall, as they try to find transportation revenues before the U.S. Department of Transportation starts limiting reimbursements to states next month. However, we do not want to lose sight of the bigger reauthorization picture as Congress focuses on a long term transportation bill.
Our sources advise us that we should expect that the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee will be announcing a short term agreement on the transportation funding this week to keep the trust fund solvent until December 31st. We will keep you updated on this.
As a next step, we have posted a sample resolution in support of a new Federal Transportation Funding Program. It is available for the consideration of your governing bodies at in PDF at http://www.njslom.org/resolutions/Sample-Resolution-Federal-Transportation-Funding.pdf and in Word at http://www.njslom.org/resolutions/Sample-Resolution-Federal-Transportation-Funding.docx
Again, thanks to all for your attention to this and for letting our people in Washington, DC know that New Jersey municipalities are counting on them for action. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Very truly yours,
Suzanne M Walters, President Gerald J. Tarantolo, 1st Vice President
NJLM and Mayor, Stone Harbor Borough NJLM and Mayor, Eatontown Township
Joseph Tempesta, Jr., 2nd Vice President Brian C. Wahler, 3rd Vice President
NJLM and Mayor, West Caldwell NJLM and Mayor, Piscataway