MORPC LEADERS ADDRESS REGIONAL ISSUES IN DC
JUNE 11, 2014
MORPC leaders joined members of the Columbus Partnership and other community leaders for a Washington, DC "Fly-In" on June 11 to promote the region’s federal priorities with Ohio’s Congressional delegation and US Senators.
Among MORPC's top priorities was the impending insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund. The fund was created in 1956 to help provide funding for federal transportation projects and is supported by the 18.4 cent federal gas tax. By this fall the fund will be in a $10 billion deficit due to fewer miles driven, rising fuel efficiency standards, and alternative fuel vehicles.
One of MORPC’s lead objectives in its 2014 Public Policy Agenda is to seek additional revenue and long term funding mechanisms for transportation at the local, state and federal levels. Following this objective priority, MORPC signed on to a joint letter from our region urging Congress to address both the funding short fall and the need for a long term funding structure to allow metropolitan areas to be innovative and strategic in their future transportation investments.
Other federal priorities for the Fly-In included education, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and military defense facilities.