(WASHINGTON)—Last November, voters in 22 states approved 193 ballot initiatives to increase highway and public transit investment, and state legislatures and governors in four states in April 2017 alone approved bills to increase their respective gas taxes. Some of the key players behind these efforts will share best practices, playbook secrets and other keys to success during the 4th Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates.”
The event is being held July 12 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in conjunction with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) 29th Annual Public Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference.
Sessions will focus on the various ways states raise revenue for transportation projects, including the strengths and challenges of different methods states use to levy motor fuel taxes, and what alternative funding options are being utilized. ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black will provide a comprehensive report on current funding trends. Workshop discussions will also explore unsuccessful funding campaigns and outline what went wrong.
Among the other key learning sessions:
- “2016-2017 State Transportation Funding Roundtable”
- “2013 State Gas Tax Increases: Where Are They Now?”
- “State Transportation Funding Champion Legislators”
- “Building America’s Economic Expressway Campaign”
Over 100 transportation construction executives, “better roads and transportation” professionals, state legislators, and chamber of commerce officials from 30 states participated in 2016’s workshop, which is a signature program of ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC).
Established in 2014, TIAC is a first-of-its-kind, dynamic education program and Internet-based information resource designed to help citizens, legislators, organizations and businesses successfully grown transportation investment at the state and local levels through the legislative and ballot initiative processes.