SGA Members and Friends,
I'm sure many of you heard that the House passed their climate legislation on Friday.
SGA (Smart Growth America) had been working hard to get policy and funding in the bill to address transportation emissions and while we made a great amount of progress in the House there is still more that can be done as the Senate takes up climate legislation in the coming weeks, especially around increasing funding for green transportation (the House bill currently allows states to spend some of their funds on transportation but there is no requirement for them to do so).
In the Senate we are building support for smart growth and transportation in the climate bill by getting co-sponsors to support legislation called CLEAN-TEA (S. 575) that was introduced by Senators Carper and Specter this spring.
CLEAN-TEA would have states and large metropolitan regions develop plans for reducing their emissions from transportation and then would set aside 10% of revenue generated from a climate bill for states and MPOs to create their transportation greenhouse gas reduction plans and build green transportation projects.
PLEASE HELP US ENSURE THERE IS STRONG POLICY AND FUNDING FOR SMART GROWTH AND TRANSPORTATION IN THE SENATE CLIMATE BILL BY ASKING YOUR SENATOR TO CO-SPONSOR CLEAN-TEA (S. 575).
Smart Growth America
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