Legislative and Policy Statements

Legislative & Policy Statements

The federal and state governments have a key role to play in the implementation of GO TO 2040.  They decide how to allocate billions of dollars annually across a variety of different programs, services, and projects.  They also help to define the overall policy environment that influences the decision-making process. 

To guide the agency as it works with federal and state partners to implement GO TO 2040, CMAP has articulated federal and state policy positions.  On the federal side, the CMAP Board has adopted a legislative agenda, transportation reauthorization principles, and freight policy principles.  On the state side, the CMAP Board has identified a legislative framework and agenda, as well as principles for a new state capital program.  Each is described below. See an archive of previous agendas and principles.

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Legislative & Policy Statements : 2018 State Legislative Principles and Agenda

2018 State Legislative Principles and Agenda

The 2018 State Legislative Agenda and Principles reflects policy priorities based on research developed at CMAP and issues that remain important to the implementation of GO TO 2040. CMAP uses these materials to inform the Governor, legislators, and other state policy makers about the agency's priorities and principles regarding transportation, land use, energy and water, economic development, and other quality-of-life issues with regional and statewide impacts.

 

2018 State Legislative Agenda and Principles

Legislative & Policy Statements: 2018 Federal Agenda

2018 Federal Agenda

CMAP has prepared a 2018 Federal Agenda to inform federal legislators and other national policy makers about the agency's positions on national policy issues. This agenda focuses on principles that will help to direct CMAP's support or opposition to specific pieces of legislation over the course of the federal legislative calendar.

2018 Federal Agenda and Principles

Legislative & Policy Statements: Federal Transportation Reauthorization Principles

Federal Transportation Reauthorization Principles

In June 2014, the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee approved an updated set of transportation reauthorization principles.  The federal government should:

  • Provide sustainable, robust funding for surface transportation, including both highways and transit.
  • Implement performance-based funding.
  • Provide appropriate tools to regions to support the transportation system.
  • Support a robust freight program.
  • Continue to streamline the project review process.

CMAP Federal Transportation Reauthorization Principles

Legislative & Policy Statements : Major Metros Freight Principles

Major Metros Freight Principles

In February 2014, CMAP and other major metro organizations co-signed a letter that calls on the federal government to establish a "Freight Trust Fund" and to integrate metropolitan regions in the freight decision-making process.  More specifically, the letter recommends the following:

  • Integrating metropolitan regions into the freight investment decision-making process.
  • Dedicating a range of funding sources and authorizing a minimum of $2 billion funding per year for freight investments, consistent with proposals from national freight advocacy organizations.
  • Redefining the national freight network to comprise a multimodal transportation system

Major Metros Letter on National Freight Policy

For more information on other freight policy topics, please visit this section of the website.

Legislative & Policy Statements: State Capital Program Principles

State Capital Program Principles

Based on GO TO 2040 and transportation policy analysis, in May 2013 the CMAP Board approved new principles for a new state capital program.  Given the lack of stable funding, the continuation of the arbitrary "55/45 split" that directs only 45 percent of State highway funds to the Chicago region, and the lack of transparent project selection, CMAP believes that any new state capital program must be coupled with reform.  Specifically, any new program (1) must be funded through new user-fee generated revenues, (2) must move away from the 55/45 split and toward a performance-based funding system, and (3) must provide additional capital funding for both highways and transit.

State Capital Program Principles

Legislative & Policy Statements: Bill Tracking

Bill Tracking

Each session of the Illinois General Assembly, the CMAP Board takes formal positions on some bills relevant to the implementation of GO TO 2040.  Information on the bills tracked by CMAP is available under the Board's "Meeting Materials" area.

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Updates

May 16, 2017

Statement on repeal of MPO consolidation passage

In December 2016, U.S. DOT issued a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination rule that would have significant impacts on metropolitan Chicago and neighboring regions.  The ...

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April 28, 2017

Statement on legislation to repeal MPO consolidation ruling

In December 2016, U.S. DOT issued a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination rule that would have significant impacts on metropolitan Chicago and neighboring regions.  The ...

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November 17, 2016

Local transportation ballot measures fare well in the general election

On November 9, voters considered numerous state and local referenda related to funding transportation systems. CMAP continually monitors national efforts to provide adequate and reliable funding f...

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November 20, 2015

Comparing the DRIVE Act and STRRA

This Policy Update compares the two recently passed federal surface transportation bills and describes how each could impact Illinois.

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October 21, 2015

House marks up transportation reauthorization bill

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee will mark up H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act ...

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June 26, 2015

Senate transportation bill establishes new freight program

A Policy Update highlights the freight provisions in the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee text for the proposed DRIVE act, a six-year transportation reauthorization bill.

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March 31, 2015

State of Illinois FY15 Budget Modifications Approved

A Policy Update describes legislation intended to close gaps in the state budget for Fiscal Year 2015 by sweeping $1.3 billion from various special funds and applying a 2.25 percent reduction in ap...

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February 27, 2015

Governor Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

This Policy Update analyzes Governor Rauner's budget FY16 proposal in light of CMAP and GO TO 2040 priorities.

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December 30, 2014

Congress Passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY15

A CMAP Policy Update looks at regional and national implications of the omnibus appropriations bill for federal fiscal year 2015.

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December 11, 2014

Veto Session Update

New Policy Update describes the Illinois General Assembly's recently adjourned two-week veto session and legislative initiatives that affect CMAP or are of interest to CMAP and its partners.

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