City of Tempe 2019-2020 Federal Legislative Principles
TRANSPORTATION, TRANSIT AND TECHNOLOGY
- Streetcar Project – Continue to work to complete the grant agreement for the full funding of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Small Starts program and secure $75 million for the Tempe Streetcar project.
- Transportation Funding –The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act provides federal transportation funding through 2020. In anticipation of a renewed push for more infrastructure spending as the highway trust fund is expected to run out of money by FY 2020, the City will continue to actively compete for road, bridge transit, and water, grant funding in these and any other bills.
- Transportation Connectivity and Access – Monitor federal proposals with the potential to affect transit coverage and accessibility, including first and last mile concepts and paratransit resources.
- Autonomous vehicles – Monitor federal efforts in Congress and at the Department of Transportation to encourage the development of automated vehicles, while ensuring their safe operations in the City
- Small Cell/5G Deployment – Advocate in Congress for the preservation of local decision-making on small cell deployment, while continuing to support the deployment of 5G wireless technologies in the City.
- Net neutrality – Monitor federal proposals for opportunities to support net neutrality.
- Urban Broadband – Monitor federal proposals that could affect broadband accessibility in the City.
- Aviation Noise – Support efforts in Congress to improve the Federal Aviation Administration’s community engagement practices so that residents of the City are better informed and have opportunities to express viewpoints on how new flight patterns in and out of Sky Harbor International Airport may affect them.
- Drones – Support safety requirements for unmanned aerial systems, or drones, so they do not jeopardize public safety or the City’s critical infrastructure.
PUBLIC SAFETY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
- COPS Hiring – Support the continuation of funding to hire career law enforcement officers in an effort to increase Tempe’s policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
- Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) Program – Support full funding for programs that help the City improve law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
- Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program – Advocate for funding of the UASI grant program, which is distributed by the Arizona Department of Homeland Security to local governments for organizational resources and planning, equipment, training, and exercise needs for urban areas.
- Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program – Support funding to obtain protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
- Radio Communication Interoperability – Monitor opportunities that offer resources for the regional wireless cooperatives that Tempe utilizes.
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program – Support continued increases in funding for public infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitation and construction, job creation and retention, and other public services. Oppose any efforts to eliminate or reduce the CDBG Program.
- HOME Investment Program – Support funding to increase the supply of affordable housing and expand homeownership for low income households in Tempe. Oppose any efforts to eliminate or reduce the HOME Investment Program.
- Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) – Support creation of new Housing Choice Voucher allocations; support full funding levels for Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) programming; and support for Housing is Critical Infrastructure legislation and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit legislation.
- Choice Neighborhoods Program – Support funding to transform neighborhoods into sustainable neighborhoods, with well-functioning services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs. Oppose any efforts to eliminate or reduce the Choice Neighborhoods Program.
- Veterans Programs – Support funding and the development of programs to assist veterans, including housing, services, jobs training, and veterans’ courts.
- Homeless Funding – Support the increase of funding available to address services and housing of homeless in the East Valley, including work programs and mental health and substance abuse resources.
- Trauma Informed Care Program and Resources – Support funding for programs, resources, and personnel that support this national initiative. Programs of potential interest are the CDC’s Injury Prevention and Control program.
- Substance Abuse Prevention - Support funding to increase evidence-based programs for youth to address underage drug and alcohol use. Programs of potential interest are Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act funding, Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug Free Communities funding, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act future funding.
- Senior Citizens – Support reauthorization of and increased funding for programs focused on home-based services for elderly. Programs of potential interest are the Administration for Community Living’s Falls Prevention Program, the Older Americans Act Elderly Nutrition Program, and the Administration on Aging’s Long-term Care Ombudsman Program.
- Opioid Misuse Prevention and Treatment – Continue to support directing federal resources to local partners that are leading the response to opioid misuse.
- Waters of the United States – Monitor federal and judicial efforts regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that redefines waters that fall under federal jurisdiction to ensure that efforts do not harm the City’s priorities and advocate for those priorities as legislation is developed to clarify the Clean Water Act.
- WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) – Support funding for Tempe’s growing water needs.
- Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Programs – Support federal efforts that provide funding such as Community Development Block Grant, and EPA’s National Priorities and Water Research grant program, and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, as well as any new infrastructure program that might be developed next year.
- Resiliency and Climate Research – Support continued funding from entities such as the EPA, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Science Foundation for climate change research and resiliency programs, such as the Determinants of Indoor and Outdoor Exposure to Ozone and Extreme Heat in Warming Climate and the Health Risks for an Aging Population funding currently being used by Arizona State University.
- Internet Sales Tax – Monitor federal legislation that will result from the Supreme Court decision to allow the City and/or the State to collect sales taxes on on-line sales
- Federal Grants – Identify and aggressively compete for federal grant funds to support these and other priorities.
- Census Resources – Advocate for sufficient funding and support for the 2020 census to effectively count all persons residing in the City.
- Career Readiness – Evaluate federal proposals that provide resources to workforce development efforts, including those that address career and technical education and youth programs.
Reviewed by the Tempe City Council September 2019