On March 12th the American Roads & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) rolled out a comprehensive proposal to end the political impasse over how to fund future federal investments in state highway, bridge and transit capital projects. “Getting Beyond Gridlock” plan marries a 15 cents-per-gallon increase in the federal gas and diesel motor fuels tax with a 100 percent offsetting federal tax rebate for middle and lower income Americans for six years. It would fund a $401 billion, six-year highway and mass transit capital investment program and provide sustainable, user-based funds to support it for at least the next 10 years. Watch this 30-second video ad highlighting “Getting Beyond Gridlock.” In recent months, ARTBA’s Surface Transportation Advisory Council undertook some revisions and updates to our official policy statements. These represent the consensus of ARTBA’s membership on various issues, which in turn provide guidance to the staff as we represent you on a daily basis. The Board approved several changes to ARTBA’s Highway Policy in order to incorporate elements of the BOLD Act proposal, including making the National Highway Freight Network a federal investment priority and establishing a National Highway Freight Network Account as part of the Highway Trust Fund. The Contractors Division also proposed, and the Board approved, adding policy statements on three important issues on which ARTBA has advocated in recent years. The statements address local hiring mandates (opposed); performance-based prequalification for contractors, such as the program recently instituted by New Mexico DOT (opposed); and Buy America (opposed to overly-burdensome compliance for contractors). These three short statements are in the document attached. Please let us know if you have questions about them. To view those changes and to learn more, please click here.