Capitol to Capitol | Feb. 14, 2022

2/14/2022

Register for Feb. 17 NCSL-Sponsored Broadband Briefing With NTIA

NCSL will host a broadband briefing for legislators and legislative staff with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. The briefing, on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. ET, will focus on the broadband programs and funding in the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Legislators and staff can register here.

NCSL Contact: Tres York

NCSL Joins Other State and Local Groups to Urge Congress to Pass Full Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations

The groups stressed in a letter that failure to pass full appropriations will leave states, territories and local governments unable to access the funding increases for highway and public transit programs through the federal infrastructure bill. Read the letter here.

NCSL Contacts: Erlinda Doherty and Patrick Lawler (appropriations) Ben Husch (transportation)

Administration Unveils New Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program

The Department of Transportation and Department of Energy unveiled the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program that was included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. NEVI includes approximately $4.6 billion in grants to states with $660 million available this year, FY 2022, and $1 billion in FY 2023-2026. As part of the announcement, the administration also unveiled a 31-page guidance document clarifying eligible uses of the funds and the steps states must take to access to the funds. This primarily includes submitting a report that establishes how the state plans to use its formula funding. The guidance makes clear that states have the option to work with private sector in many ways from construction to operation and maintenance. There is also a separate competitive grant that will fund EV charging infrastructure, but those funds are not yet available, and it will likely be a few months before grant applications can begin. And while states can apply for those grants, they will be competing with local governments, private and non-profit organizations. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Ben Husch and Kristen Hildreth

Biden Administration Announces Resources to Aid Veterans Entering Trucking Industry        

To highlight federal resources designed to help transitioning service members and veterans enter the trucking industry, the Biden administration released a fact sheet on Feb. 8. The pandemic-induced global supply chain backlog has strained the transportation industry, causing a critical shortage of truck drivers. To address these challenges, the administration has taken a series of actions, including the launch of the Trucking Action Plan to Strengthen America’s Workforce. On Feb. 4, the administration met with veterans service organizations representing nearly 4 million veterans to discuss ways that the federal government can help the industry attract, train, place and retain veterans in trucking jobs. In addition, the administration announced on Feb. 8 that the Small Business Administration and the Departments of Labor, Transportation, Defense, and Veterans Affairs have partnered to raise awareness about 16 federal programs that can connect transitioning military personnel and veterans to careers in the trucking industry. Read more.

NCSL Contacts: Jon Jukuri and Deanna Ross

Department of Education Updates College Scorecard  

Updates to the College Scorecard include publishing data on the cumulative loan debt of student borrowers at both the institution-level and by field of study within each institution, as well as federal student loan repayment rates for each institution. The College Scorecard now includes earnings data for the alumni of each institution and shows the percentage of alumni earning more than the typical worker with only a high school diploma. Read more

NCSL Contacts: Austin Reid and Patrick Lawler

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NCSL's Advocacy in Washington

NCSL’s Washington staff advocates on behalf of state legislatures before Congress, the White House and federal agencies in accord with the policy directives and resolutions that are recommended by the NCSL Standing Committees and adopted by the full conference at the annual NCSL Legislative Summit Business Meeting. As a result of the advocacy that is guided by these policy positions, NCSL is recognized as a formidable lobbying force in state-federal relations.

NCSL Staff in Washington, D.C.

  • Molly Ramsdell | 202-624-3584 | Director
  • Erlinda Doherty | 202-624-8698 | Budgets and Revenue
  • Susan Frederick | 202-624-3566 | Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety
  • Ben Husch | 202-624-7779 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure
  • Kristen Hildreth | 202-624-3597 | Natural Resources and Infrastructure 
  • Jon Jukuri  | 202-624-8663 | Labor, Economic Development and International Trade
  • Austin Reid | 202-624-8678 | Education
  • Tres York | 202-624-8686 | Commerce and Financial Services