WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today issued the following statement regarding the pending expiration of current federal programs for highways and transit:
“The nation’s governors urge Congress to pass clean extensions of existing federal programs for highways and transit before the current extensions expire on March 31.
“The ability of state and local governments to engage in long-term, multi-year planning and project delivery hinges on federal policy and funding predictability and stability. This year’s construction season is already underway across the country, and we urge Congress to avoid any lapse that could jeopardize it.
“A string of short-term extensions will only increase uncertainty for state and local governments and the private sector. We urge an extension of sufficient length to allow all parties additional time to work together toward an innovative, multi-year reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs that will sustain transportation investment, create new jobs and provide stability to workers and industry.
“We encourage Congress to negotiate a path forward on reauthorization because our nation’s comprehensive surface transportation system supports and enhances economic growth, job creation and global competitiveness.”
Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org.