Contact Senators Max Baucus and Conrad Burns, and Representative Rick Hill. They need to hear that Montanans care about our transportation future. Here are some important points to stress:
For more background on the important -- and current -- issues involved, check out our Alerts page and our Talking Points page. For more information about the importance of Local Control in transportation (a key difference between the various bills!), check out our page on that subject!
It's a fact: the most read section of any newspaper is the Letters to the Editor column. Add your voice to the dialogue and let people in your community know what the ISTEA reauthorization battle is all about. Want a sample letter to use as a starting point? We've got several online here!
The fight to reauthorize ISTEA is, on our side at least, a grassroots effort and we need the support of groups from all over. Many of the groups that helped draft the platform are local organizations and are the only ones standing up to the highway lobby. However, we believe that if enough of us "little people" get involved, we can send a "Message to Washington." What message? How about:
We've got a copy of the sign-on letter that the Alternative Energy Resource Organization (AERO) and 20 other Montana-based organizations sent to the delegation in support of ISTEA. Elsewhere, on this site, we also have statements from a variety of national groups giving their positions to give you some ideas.
After you've gotten your group or agency up to date on ISTEA reauthorization issues, schedule a meeting with members of the Congressional delegation (especially Sen. Baucus, the primary sponsor of the STARS 2000 bill). For more information on what to do and what to say, drop us a line for help!
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