Federal Funding Challenges, State Funding Solutions

Friday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. - Noon CST
Sponsored by the CSG Transportation & Infrastructure Public Policy Committee
 
Facing continuing uncertainty with regards to federal funding, Tennessee and other states have postponed millions of dollars in transportation projects. But even as a gas tax increase has become a political third rail in Washington, many states have turned to the venerable transportation revenue mechanism this year to advance their transportation programs. This session will highlight both the impact of federal uncertainty and the successes of those states that passed gas tax increases in 2015.

 


Speakers:

 

Rep. Johnny Anderson
Chair, Utah House Transportation Committee
Rep. Anderson chairs the Utah House Transportation Committee and serves on the Business, Economic Development and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee. He has served in the House since November 2009. Utah was one of seven states to pass a gas tax increase in 2015.
 
Rep. Josh Byrnes
Chairman, Iowa House Transportation Committee
Byrnes chairs the Iowa House Transportation Committee and serves on the Education, Natural Resources and Ways & Means committees. He is serving his third term in the Iowa House. Iowa was one of seven states to pass a gas tax increase in 2015.

 

Rep. Valerie Clark
Vice Chair, Georgia House Transportation Committee
Clark is vice chair of the Georgia House Transportation Committee. She is also vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and serves on the Education, Health and Human Services, and Human Relations and Aging committees. She was elected to the House in 2010. Georgia was one of seven states to pass a gas tax increase in 2015.

 

Rep. Judy Clibborn
Committee Chair, Washington House Transportation Committee
Clibborn chairs the Washington House Transportation Committee and serves on the Health Care and Wellness committee. She is serving her 13th year in the state legislature. Clibborn is a former co-chair of the CSG Transportation Public Policy Committee and now chairs the CSG West Transportation & Economic Development Committee. Washington was one of seven states to pass a gas tax increase in 2015.

 

Rep. Clark Kauffman
Committee Member, Idaho Transportation and Defense Committee
Kauffman serves on the Idaho House Transportation and Defense, Revenue and Taxation, and Business committees. He is serving his second term in the legislature. Idaho was one of seven states to pass a gas tax increase in 2015.

 

Rep. Edward Osienski
Chairman, Delaware House Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure Committee
Osienski chairs the Delaware House Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure Committee. He also serves on the Education, Health and Human Development, Labor, Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs committees. He began his legislative service in 2010. Delaware lawmakers passed legislation this year to raise DMV fees and borrow additional funds for transportation projects.
John Schroer
Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Transportation
Schroer was appointed as transportation commissioner by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in January 2011. Under Commissioner Schroer, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has remained debt-free and, with the current uncertainty of federal funding levels, has shifted focus from new construction to preserving the system. Schroer serves as the chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance and Administration of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and as vice chair of The Council of State Governments’ Transportation & Infrastructure Public Policy Committee.

 

Sen. Jim Smith
Chairman, Transportation and Telecommunications Committee
Smith was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2010. He chairs the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and serves on the Committee on Committees and the Revenue Committee. Nebraska was one of seven states to pass a gas tax increase in 2015.

 

Sen. Mike Vehle
Chairman, South Dakota Senate Transportation Committee
Vehle is the 2015-16 co-chair of the CSG Transportation & Infrastructure Public Policy Committee. He chairs the Senate Transportation Committee in South Dakota, and he is a member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources and Judiciary committees. Vehle was first elected to the South Dakota Senate in 2008 after serving in the state’s House of Representatives from 2004 to 2008. South Dakota was one of seven states to pass a gas tax increase in 2015.