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Permitting Council Issues Annual Report on Infrastructure

The Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (Permitting Council) issued its Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2019, showcasing another year of success in reducing costs and timelines for permitting infrastructure projects that fuel America’s job market and economy.

In the report, Executive Director Alexander Herrgott, reports, “President Trump inherited a fragmented Federal process for authorizing infrastructure projects, fraught with unnecessary costs, delays, and uncertainty.

“As this annual report demonstrates, the Permitting Council plays a vital role in President Trump’s commitment to cutting red tape and delivering infrastructure that America’s communities and businesses need now more than ever. The Permitting Council has helped reduce delays, costs, and uncertainty for these vital infrastructure projects, while ensuring environmental protection,” he says.

“This year alone we reduced environmental review times for projects covered by the Council by an average of 1.5 years, supported the creation of more than 127,000 temporary construction jobs and over 3,000 permanent jobs across the country. We estimate that if Federal agencies complete all Federal permitting decisions that are achievable for Council-managed projects in the next 365 days, the result will be $56 billion in new infrastructure investment and over 40,000 new construction-related jobs,” he adds.

Click here to see a fact sheet from the Permitting Council.

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Update on Highway Materials Group Actions

As we reported last week, ACPA continues to participate in DC construction coalitions to discuss ongoing COVID-19 relief and recovery legislative packages and how infrastructure investment priorities can be best positioned for consideration.

Following the Highway Materials Group meeting, members penned a letter to Congressional leadership.  Click here to read the letter, which was finalized shortly before our previous newsletter was published last week.

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The Highway Materials Group is comprised of eleven national associations, representing companies that provide the construction materials and equipment essential to building America’s roads, highways and bridges. The HMG associations’ members employ tens of thousands of men and women in well-paying American jobs, and support increased investment in America’s surface transportation network.  Members include: American Coal Ash Association; America Concrete Pavement Association; American Traffic Safety Services Association; Associated Equipment Distributors; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; National Asphalt Pavement Association; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; Portland Cement Association; and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

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Revisiting AHUA Committee Priorities

As a follow-up to our story last week about the AHUA Policy and Government Affairs committee meeting, we are including a link to the letter we mentioned would be sent to House & Senate Leaders. 

Click here to read the letter, which urges Congress to provide emergency funds to State highway and transportation departments and to pass a long-term and robustly funded highway and transportation reauthorization bill.

We also reported on AHUA’s Top Priorities for Highway Reauthorization. This document was also finalized after our newsletter was published. Click here to view it.

The committee is co-chaired by Leif Wathne of ACPA and Ashley Jackson of NAPA. 

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Highway Construction Coalitions Focus on Infrastructure

 ACPA continues to participate in DC construction coalitions to discuss ongoing COVID-19 relief and recovery legislative packages and how infrastructure investment priorities can be best positioned for consideration.

Both the Transportation Construction Coalition and the Highway Materials Group met this week to discuss potential coalition actions.  The situation remains fluid as legislative priorities in Congress continue to shift among the ongoing spread of COVID-19 within the United States.  

Industry is focused on ensuring Congress includes robust, long-term funding for transportation infrastructure in any upcoming recovery package being considered by Congress and the Administration. 

A letter to Congressional leadership and a potential advertising campaign are being considered as part of this effort. ACPA will continue to engage with these groups on behalf of the concrete pavement community, and provide updates as appropriate. 

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AHUA Committee Discusses Priorities

The AHUA Policy and Government Affairs committee held its second meeting by conference call yesterday and AHUA President & CEO Laura Perrotta set the course of the discussion by presenting an overview of goals and current program status.

Co-Chairs Leif Wathne of ACPA and Ashley Jackson of NAPA led a discussion on key policy priorities  for the Highway Users. The group continues to be supportive of key priorities advocated for in recent years, such as robust, long-term funding, opposing diversion of highway funds for non-highway uses, continued responsible regulatory streamlining, and preventing unfair and discriminatory tolling on existing capacity on Interstates, among other things. The Committee is also weighing support for provisions to ensure relief funds are eligible to be used for reimbursement of contractors for COVID-19 worker protection, a point ACPA is advocating on several fronts.

AHUA is also penning a letter to House & Senate Leaders urging “Congress to provide emergency funds to State highway and transportation departments and pass a long-term and robustly funded highway and transportation reauthorization in the next relief package being debated by Congress and the Administration.”

As part of this effort, AHUA is urging Congress to shore up the Highway Trust Fund, as revenues decline from reductions in fuel consumption and sales tax revenue due to COVID-19. This investment in the highway trust fund will in turn pay for a long-term transportation authorization and help our Nation with its recovery.

“It was a productive meeting,” Leif says, adding, “AHUA is focusing on the critical, short-term needs of agencies, industry and highway users, but is also looking downfield at surface transportation legislation that will address both policy and funding issues, and as a result, will benefit the taxpaying public significantly.”

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