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HOW FP 2 WORKS FOR YOU

Bi-Partisan 'Problem Solvers Caucus'
Works to Move Infrastructure Reform
BY TRACY D. TAYLOR

E

arly in January 2018, a
little-known coalition of
Republican and Democrat members of Congress-the Problem
Solvers Caucus-released a plan to rebuild
America's Infrastructure, including its
nearly nine million miles of roads.
The bi-partisan group of 46 members
of Congress-equally divided between
Republicans and Democrats-are wagering that by working together and voting
as a block, they will be a voice to which
Congressional leadership on both sides of
the aisle must listen.
The Problem Solver Caucus views its goal
in the area of infrastructure as helping lead
Congress to find an effective solution for
how it funds, finances and treats infrastructure investments. This includes identifying
stable, long-term funding for an infrastructure that supports America's national security and our nearly $20 trillion economy,
and encouraging innovative financing.

INCREASED ACCOUNTABILITY
The caucus also wants to provide increased
accountability to taxpayers, so they know
that every single dollar is invested wisely.
Included in this is encouraging Congress
to cut red tape and stop gridlock when it
prevents projects from moving forward in
an expedient manner.
The Problem Solvers Caucus'
Infrastructure Working Group-led
by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) and
Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.)-assists Congress
in finding a solution to the infrastructure
funding shortfall which has allowed a
backlog of deferred maintenance to grow
so much that the American Society of Civil
Engineers gives the current status of our
highways a D-, and estimates failure to
address the problem is costing American
families over $1,000 annually.
The Highway Trust Fund, which is the
primary source of federal surface transportation infrastructure revenue, is woefully underfunded, primarily because
the 18.4 cents per-gallon user fee on

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.)

Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.)

gasoline-which funds the HTF-has not
been increased or even indexed for inflation since 1993. That's a period in which
purchasing power for those dollars has
decreased by an estimated 60 percent.
Simultaneously technological improvements and federal fuel economy regulations for vehicles have resulted in greater
fuel economy, further aggravating the
HTF shortfall.

THREAT TO PRESERVATION
Without an identified source of funding,
the likelihood that we see the same type
of short-term transportation reauthorization
extension bills we have seen in the past
becomes greater, which is highly problematic for the country generally, and the pavement preservation industry, specifically.
That's because pavement preservation
thrives in an environment in which public
transportation agencies have the assurance of long-term funding they can rely on,
so they can develop thoughtful multiyear
plans which include appropriate investment
in preservation, as well as investment in
new assets.
Kudos should be given to the Problem
Solvers Caucus-and any other group
of congressmen and senators who are
willing to work together in a bipartisan
manner-to find solutions to the some of the
most important issues our country is facing.
The administration's and Congress' focus
on infrastructure in 2018 can only be assisted
by the hard work and effort of groups like
the Problem Solvers Caucus-both inside
and outside Washington-who are working
hard to resolve the problem of our country's
failing infrastructure.

SEEKS LONG-TERM SOLUTION
To rectify this problem, the Problem Solver's
Caucus is urging Congress to look at all solutions for ensuring a sustainable, long-term
source of funding for the Highway Trust
Fund. Among the solutions offered are: modernization, and indexing of, the gasoline user
fee; identification of appropriate user fees for
electric and hybrid vehicles, and truckers,
while incentivizing pilot programs that look
at alternative systems. The caucus' report
also encourages Congress to raise the public's confidence that transportation-related
user fees would be used solely for
transportation-related purposes.
A steady, adequate source of infrastructure funding prior to the expiration, in fewer
than 1,000 days, of the current highway
reauthorization bill, the FAST Act, is critical
in facilitating the passage of the next long
term transportation reauthorization bill.

Taylor is principal at FP2's legislative counsel, Williams & Jensen PLLC
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018

President’s Message
New NCHRP Guidance Targets Pavement Preservation Performance
Florida Tackles Premature Failures of High Friction Surface Treatments
Oklahoma: High-Friction Surface Treatments Perform on Interstates
NCAT Track Conference Will Provide Look at Pavement Preservation Sections
FP2@TRB 2018
Bi-Partisan ‘problem Solvers Caucus’ Works to Move Infrastructure Reform
Research: Longitudinally Textured PCC Pavement Most Energy-Efficient Surface
Not Just Pavements: Micro Surfacing Right for New York’s Brooklyn Bridge
Profiles in Preservation: Crack Sealants
Index of Advertisers
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Intro
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - cover1
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - cover2
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 3
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 4
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 5
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 6
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 7
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 8
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 10
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - New NCHRP Guidance Targets Pavement Preservation Performance
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 12
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 13
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 14
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Florida Tackles Premature Failures of High Friction Surface Treatments
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 16
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 17
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 18
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 19
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 20
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Oklahoma: High-Friction Surface Treatments Perform on Interstates
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 22
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 23
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 24
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - NCAT Track Conference Will Provide Look at Pavement Preservation Sections
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - FP2@TRB 2018
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 27
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 28
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Bi-Partisan ‘problem Solvers Caucus’ Works to Move Infrastructure Reform
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 30
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Research: Longitudinally Textured PCC Pavement Most Energy-Efficient Surface
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 32
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 33
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 34
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 35
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Not Just Pavements: Micro Surfacing Right for New York’s Brooklyn Bridge
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 37
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 38
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Profiles in Preservation: Crack Sealants
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 40
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Index of Advertisers
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 42
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