Letter to Congress on DOT Funding in COVID-19


To: Wisconsin’s US Representatives and US Senators

As Executive Director and a worker of Madison, Wisconsin I am asking for your help in supporting the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The Wisconsin Building Trades Council’s 40,000 union members are hard at work across Wisconsin, but a record decline in transportation revenues is jeopardizing transportations projects and the thousands of wellpaying jobs that come with them.

A Dear Colleague letter is being circulated by Reps. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) and Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), asking for a $49.95 billion infusion of federal funding to state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) in the next COVID-19 response legislation, and I urge you to sign on to the letter.

State DOTs forecast an average decline in transportation revenues of 30 percent, with some state DOTs expecting losses as high as 45 percent.

No state will be immune from this impending crisis, which is why direct relief is needed now.

By signing on to the Lamb-Gibbs letter today, you will support Wisconsin’s transportation construction professionals and DOT employees, who are on the front lines ensuring America’s roads, bridges and transit systems remain critical lifelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of Wisconsin jobs depend on transportation construction, so please sign onto the Lamb-Gibbs letter today.

In Solidarity,

Jake Castanza
Executive Director

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