Drew Pennington, VP for Chapter Affairs

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September 28th, 2018: APA-WI Represented at 2018 Planner's Day on Capitol Hill 

Greetings WI Planners:

It was an honor to represent APA-WI in Washington, D.C. at the 2018 Policy & Advocacy Conference and Planner’s Day on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, September 25th.  APA-WI President-Elect Josh Clements and I had productive meetings with Senator Johnson’s staff and Senator Baldwin’s staff.  In addition, I met with Congressman Mark Pocan’s staff and Josh met with Congressman Ron Kind’s team.  The focus of these advocacy efforts was housing, and APA had us briefed and ready to advocate for improved federal housing programs and funding.  For example, we asked each office to support Senate Bill 3231, which would establish The Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis.  We also asked for full funding of a range of key housing and transportation programs, such as CDBG, HOME, and TIGER.  We received a warm welcome from all of the offices, and it was a great starting point for enhancing APA-WI’s relationship with our federal officials.

Senate staffers made us aware of a couple of significant pieces of federal legislation of interest to planners.  The first is the bi-partisan COMMUTE Act, co-sponsored by Senator Baldwin.  According to a press release from Baldwin’s office, “the COMMUTE Act requires the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop and provide states and transportation planning organizations with data sets measuring the level of access by all modes of transportation to important destinations. These destinations include jobs and areas with a concentration of available jobs, health care facilities, childcare services, educational and workforce training facilities, affordable housing and food sources.”  We also learned of the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, introduced this week by Senator Elizabeth Warren.  This bill would drastically reshape federal housing policy, and features a competitive grant program that is tied to non-exclusionary zoning practices at the local level.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see all of you at the upcoming annual conference on October 8 & 9th in Madison.

VP-Chapter Affairs

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