Shared by John Gordon, Bureau Chief BBS and Nicky Gacos, President NABM
Rest Area Commercialization Update
Looks like some good news out of DC, we still need to keep the pressure on.
Thanks Nicholas Gacos
President National Association Blind Merchants
From: Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman
Date: July 25, 2018 at 1:27:11 PM EDT
Subject: Commercialization Update
Good afternoon coalition members,
As most of you I’m sure by now are aware, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster released draft legislation outlining his vision for infrastructure investment. In issuing his Discussion Draft, Congressman Shuster said the document is designed to reignite the infrastructure debate, which has fizzled since the Trump Administration’s proposal came out earlier this year.
Marking a positive change from the Trump Administration’s proposal, Chairman Shuster’s draft does not call for rest area commercialization or tolling. This is a key change from the Administration’s framework, which directly called for repealing these federal prohibitions as well as an increased reliance on public private partnerships. Chairman Shuster’s legislation will now serve as the new “benchmark” that forms future discussions around infrastructure.
This morning, NATSO delivered a detailed analysis to its members that can he found here. https://www.natso.com/articles/articles/view/natso-analysis-chairman-shuster-infrastructure-proposal?_zs=eqGHR&_zl=pptJ1
We continue to schedule meetings on Capitol Hill and would greatly appreciate if any of you can join us. Below is a list of upcoming meetings, and if you are able to join one or all of these meetings please let me, David Fialkov or LeeAnn Goheen know.
Finally, I want to remind everyone that NATSO has a team in place that can provide editorial support as it relates to the issues of commercial rest areas or tolling. If you need assistance writing articles and updates for your member newsletters, magazines, and websites, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Rest Area Commercialization Meeting with Andrew Giacini (Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn.)
Thursday July 26, 2 p.m.
418 Cannon House Office Building
Rest Area Commercialization Meeting with Jerome Murray (Stacey Plaskett, D-VI)
Fri Jul 27, 10:30am
331 Cannon House Office Building
Rest Area Commercialization Meeting with Stephanie Cuevas (Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.)
Tue Jul 31, 10:30am
1223 Longworth House Office Building
Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman
Vice President, Public Affairs
NATSO, Representing America’s Travel Plazas and Truckstops