Resolution on Stimulus Infrastructure Funding & the Next Federal Authorization of Transportation Programs

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All Resolutions Passed at the 2009 Spring Meeting

WHEREAS, substantial investment is needed to repair and upgrade the nation’s infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided important and much needed funding for transportation projects around the country; and

WHEREAS, that stimulus funding fell far short of providing a historic commitment to improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure and represented only a small portion of the amount needed to make all the needed repairs and upgrades; and

WHEREAS, the consideration by Congress of a new multi-year authorization of federal transportation programs provides a new opportunity to make a historic commitment to improving the nation's transportation infrastructure, while at the same time stimulating the economy through the creation of thousands of new construction jobs.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments calls on Congress to seize a historic opportunity and pass an adequately funded, multi-modal, multi-year transportation authorization bill to include a focus on all modes of travel as soon as possible, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments commends Congress for transportation and infrastucture funding included as part of the ARRA but expresses disappointment that the funding was not at the level needed to make substantial progress in meeting the nation's transportation infrastructure needs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments will seek to partner with organizations that share our philosophy about the need for historic investment in the nation's transportation infrastructure in advocacy of these issues before Congress.

Adopted this 18th Day of May, 2009 at the CSG Spring Conference in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho