Contact your Member of the House of Representatives TODAY! Urge your Member to sign onto a Dear Colleague letter to House Leadership that urges them to preserve the tax-exemption for municipal bonds.
To send your message, visit the APWA Legislative Action center at http://capwiz.com/apwa/home/ . Click on the ‘take action’ button, fill in your contact information and click ‘send’ to e-mail a prepared message, which you may customize.
Tax- exempt municipal bonds are vital to public works. They remain the primary method used by states and local governments to finance public capital improvements and public infrastructure projects that are essential to creating jobs, sustaining economic growth and improving the quality of life for Americans in every corner of this country. Limiting or eliminating the tax exemption on municipal bonds will have devastating effects on funding needed local infrastructure projects because they will make municipal bonds less appealing and increase the borrowing costs for state and local governments that use the bonds to finance infrastructure projects.
Click here to read the Dear Colleague letter.
Protect municipal bonds and contact your Congress member today!
During extreme wet weather, wastewater can overflow and enter the environment before it has been cleaned and treated, putting public health at risk. This can be a major problem in Ohio and other regions in the US where severe thunderstorms are common. The Wet Weather Community Sustainability Act adds a framework to the Clean Water Act (CWA) that gives municipalities the tools to manage wastewater flows during extreme weather events, improving water quality and protecting the environment. If you're an Ohio constituent, contact Senator Sherrod Brown and urge him to introduce this legislation! Visit the APWA Legislative Action center at http://capwiz.com/apwa/home/, click on the ‘take action’ button, fill in your contact information and click ‘send’ to e-mail them a prepared message, which you may customize.
Click here to view a fact sheet to learn more about the Wet Weather Act.
Click here to view the proposed legislation.
On March 19, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. The nation’s infrastructure earned an overall grade of D+.
Contact your House and Senate members today to inform them of the release of the Report Card and its findings. Tell them that the condition of our public infrastructure is rated poor and at risk, and we need to make investment in our public infrastructure a top priority. Visit the APWA Legislative Action Center at http://capwiz.com/apwa/home, click on the ‘take action’ button, fill in your contact information and click ‘send’ to e-mail them a prepared message, which you may customize.
Such a low grade indicates that the state of our national infrastructure is mostly below standard, with many elements approaching the end of their service life. The Report Card estimates a funding shortfall of $1.6 trillion by 2020 based on current funding levels.
The Report Card graded the nation’s infrastructure in 16 different categories including, but not limited to, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, levees, roads, solid waste, and waste water. To learn more about the Report Card, visit http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/ where you can read press release and download the official Report Card app for your mobile device. To read APWA’s statement, visit www.apwa.net.
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