STATE HO– USE – Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) has been named to the Council of State Governments’ (CSG) Transportation and Infrastructure Public Policy Committee.  The committee provides a forum for state leaders to address emerging challenges and issues arising from dynamic transportation and infrastructure policy conditions in the country.  The committee will be meeting at the CSG’s annual conference in Las Vegas this December.

“It is no secret that Rhode Island has some very serious problems regarding public transportation and our infrastructure.  Whether it is RIPTA’s sustainability or our crumbling roads and bridges, Rhode Island is in need of tangible solutions to the problems that affect every resident in the state.  I am honored to be named to this committee and I hope to bring back with me some innovative ideas and policies to the transportation and infrastructure problems our state faces,” said Senator DiPalma.

Members of the committee will focus on emerging trends, innovative and effective solutions, and viable policy positions and response projects.  The committee is designed to encourage multi-state problem solving and sharing best practices while also facilitating networking among state officials and between the public and private sectors.

Some of the committee’s priorities include implementation of MAP-21, future federal transportation funding, new state revenues for transportation, preparedness for the Panama Canal expansion, and educating the public on the need for infrastructure revitalization.

Founded in 1933, the Council of State Governments is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

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