Statement from NARC President Penelope A. Gross
On behalf of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), the Honorable Penelope A. Gross, NARC President and Supervisor of Fairfax County, VA, released the following statement in response to the transportation-related proposals released yesterday by President Obama and the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R-MI) respectively.
“We greatly appreciate the efforts of these two leaders to find additional resources to prevent dramatic reductions in federal transportation funding. Transportation plays a critical role in the economic health of our nation, states, regions, and localities, and requires elevated federal support. While both proposals yesterday would solve short-term funding issues, with the President increasing funding over current levels, neither would solve the nation’s long-term, systemic transportation funding challenges.
“We thank President Obama for his inclusion of regional planning and local decision-making, recognizing the important role that local elected officials play in creating effective and efficient transportation systems.
“We look forward to partnering with Congress and the Administration on both interim and long-term transportation solutions that drive the economic growth, community well-being, and environmental protection of our states, regions, and localities.”