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State Issues

 
Funding for West Virginia’s Roads and Bridges
West Virginia’s roads and bridges are crumbling and over $750 million is needed annually just to maintain the state’s highway system. S.B. 610, introduced by Senator Ed Gaunch, R-Kanawha, will raise over $250 million annually for maintenance and expansion projects.
 
County Local Powers Act
S.B. 12 and H.B. 4009 would give counties the ability to build road and bridge construction projects when approved by voters. Local county transportation sales and service taxes would finance the projects.

 

Federal Issues

"Building a Stronger Future: A New Blueprint for Economic Growth"
AGC of America released in March "Building a Stronger Future: A New Blueprint for Economic Growth." The plan details legislative and policy measure that will stimulate demand for construction. The plan includes measures that will boost private sector demand, tackle growing infrastructure maintenance needs and reduce needless red tape and regulations.
 

Stop EPA from expanding Clean Water Act jurisdiction
The CAWV supports S. 2245, the "Preserve the Waters of the U.S. Act" and H.R. 4965, "An Act to Preserve Existing Rights and Responsibilities with Respect to Waters of the United States." H.R. 4965 is co-sponsored by Rep. Nick Rahall. These bills would prevent the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from issuing their "Final Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act" (Final Guidance) or using it as a substantial basis for any rule. Only Congress has the authority to make such a sweeping change in the Clean Water Act.

 

Amending the IRS Code to Remove the Volume Cap on Private Activity Bonds for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
H.R. 1802 and S. 939 amends the IRS code of 1986 to provide that the volume cap for Private Activity Bonds shall not apply to bonds for facilities for the furnishing of water and sewage facilities. CAWV urges West Virginia’s delegation to support this jobs creating legislation. Rep. Rahall is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1802.
 

Support Full Funding for Safe Drinking and Clean Water State Revolving Fund
The CAWV supports the position that it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure that water quality regulations that benefit everyone don't become unfunded mandates on state and local governemtns already in dire financial straits. H.R. 3145, the "Water Qualtiy and Job Creation Act of 2011" is critical to America's water infrastructure system. Rep. Nick Rahall is a co-sponsor of H.R. 3145.
 

Additional issues and positions can be found on AGC’s Legislative Action Center.