Advocacy Toolkit: City Transportation

Background
The League has developed a model resolution supporting “an omnibus transportation funding bill that provides additional dedicated state funding for city streets, including funding that can be used for non-municipal state aid (MSA) city street maintenance, construction, and reconstruction.” More than 200 cities across the state have adopted the model resolution in support of more dedicated state funding for city streets.

Current legislation
The League is supporting HF 934/SF 933, which would raise approximately $57 million annually. Half of the funds would be directed to the Small Cities Assistance Account for cities with populations under 5,000, and half would be dedicated to a new Larger City Streets and Bridges Account for cities with more than 5,000 in population.

The League has prepared city-by-city estimates showing how much revenue each city would receive annually if this initiative is enacted.

What can I as a city official do to help?

STEP 1: PASS a resolution and send it to your legislators. (See link to model resolution at right under Advocacy Tools.)
Note: Send a copy of the resolution to the League at liaison@lmc.org so you can be added to the list.

Picture of resolutions passed by cities.

STEP 2: SHARE your resolution with local media and via social media. (See links to templates and sample messages at right under Advocacy Tools.)

Newspaper clipping and Facebook post about transportation resolution a city passed.

STEP 3: FOLLOW UP with your legislators and local media as transportation issues and decisions become part of your city’s dialogue at council meetings and with residents. Remind them of the need for funding local transportation.

Want to do more?

  • Give tours of your city (on foot or by bus). (Show your transportation needs in person!)
  • Write a joint letter to the editor in your local newspaper (and send a copy to your legislators) with your local chamber, schools, county, or other leaders about the transportation needs in your city and around the state.

Please let League staff (see contact info at right) know when you have done any of the above advocacy efforts (or if we can help you with any of the above).

Note: The model resolution referenced here is different from the one created by the League in support of the Street Improvement District tool.