2013 Federal Legislative Agenda

Harbor Maintenance Tax
The Port supports reforming the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) to address fairness and equity for donor ports and to ensure that U.S. tax policy that does not disadvantage U.S. ports.

The Port supports the permanent extension of Section 214 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), allowing the US Army Corps of Engineers to accept funds contributed by non-Federal public entities to expedite the processing of permits. Section 214 has allowed local governments to move forward with vital infrastructure and ecosystem restoration projects.

National freight strategy
The Port supports the development of a national multi-modal freight strategy. The strategy should recognize the prominent role of U.S. West Coast ports which currently handle two thirds of U.S. international trade and are among the largest job generators in the United States. Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Freight funding
The Port supports creating dedicated multi-modal freight funds—both formula and competitive grants—that support the implementation of a national freight strategy.

Sean Eagan Government Affairs Director seagan@portoftacoma.com (253) 428-8663
(Printed November 2012)

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