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CSF Spring Legislative Visit
May 10-12, 2017
Join Californians for School Facilities (CSF) on May 10, 11 and 12, 2017 for our Spring Lobbying Trip to Washington, D.C. Our Washington, D.C. based lobbyist, Bob Canavan, will be arranging meetings with the decision makers we need to influence.
In 2009 California schools received more than $2 billion in Qualified School Construction Bonds and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds.
For the first time since 2009, both parties have proposed major infrastructure investments. The President has said schools should be included and Senate Democrats have included $75 billion during ten years for schools. Both the President and the Senate Democrats have proposed more funding for energy efficiency and the Democrats have proposed including renewable energy funding.
This trip is open to all CSF members in good standing. Join us in 2017 and help advocate for California to again reap major rewards and funding from federal infrastructure programs.
Wednesday, May 10 - Travel Day / Arrival
Thursday, May 11- Congressional and Committee Meetings, and CSF Dinner in the Evening
Friday, May 12 - Additional Meetings and CSF Departure
CSF works closely with members of Congress, key Congressional Committees and their staff, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Treasury Department to provide a clear understanding of the school construction needs in California.
Specifically, CSF works with Congress and Agencies to develop and refine federal school facility programs like QZAB, QSCB, federal grants, and the Federal Emergency Repair Program to foster partnerships between school districts and the federal government while preserving local decision making authority.
CSF Update: Senate School Infrastructure
January 24, 2107
Senate Democrats announced a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to rebuild the nation’s schools, roads, airports, bridges, seaports, V.A. hospitals, and broadband network.
Senator Schumer, speaking for his Democrat colleagues said, “Each day, too many students attend school in buildings so decrepit the pipes leach lead into their drinking water…”
The Senate Democrats initiative would invest $75 billion in public school modernization through a formula program. The initiative also would also expand the Qualified Zone Academy Bond program.
Strengthening America’s Public Schools $75 billion – Creating 975,000 New Jobs
- Invest $75 billion to jumpstart public school modernization. The funds would be distributed on a formula basis to the public schools with the greatest and most urgent needs. Funding will ensure that school construction and modernization projects can get underway quickly without placing an undo financial burden on local taxpayers.
- Also reauthorize the Qualified Zone Academy Bond program and expand its use to help public schools located in economically-distressed and high-poverty communities invest in their school districts.
Californians for School Facilities has been working, and will continue to work, with the Senate sponsors of the Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure. CSF also thanks Senators Schumer, Wyden, Brown, Nelson, Sanders, Leahy, Carper, Cantwell and other members for leading this effort.
Additional details to follow when they become available.
-Bob Canavan, CSF Federal Legislative Advocate
Article: Why the Definition of Infrastructure Should Include Public Buildings
The following article from ConstructionDIVE (Dec. 1, 2016) gives strong reasons why schools should be part of any comprehenisve infrastructure program: Read the Full Article.
Senate Finance Committee Extends QZABs
The Senate Finance Committee approved a $95 billion tax extenders package extending 52 expired tax provisions for 2 years, including the Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) program...click here to read the full update.
CSF Letters in Support of Bigger, Continuous, and Expanded
July 2015: Rebuilding America's Schools Act, S. 1753
May 2014: QZAB and QSCB Expansion and Extension
November 2013: Rebuilding America's Schools Act
- S. 1523
Californians for School Facilities (CSF) was formed in 1998 to advocate for federal funding for school facilities and to educate Congress and the Administration regarding the importance of clean, safe and modern schools to benefit student academic performance and the workforce of tomorrow. Since that time, CSF has been successful in advocating for more than $1.35 billion in 2009 and $1.26 billion in 2010 in Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB) funding, $1.4 billion in Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) funding in 2009 and 2010 and $400 million in 2011, and $100 million for emergency repair and renovation for California schools.
CSF is now urging Congress to extend the QSCB and QZAB programs to pass school emergency repair legislation and requirements. CSF continues its involvement in issues related to E-Rate, the Americans with Disabilities Act, special education facilities and the resolve to carry out related federal requirements.
Your membership in CSF ensures that your district or business will be the first to hear of federal funding opportunities. We play an active role in discussions with the United States House and Senate Education leaders to continue and expand federal funding for California’s school facilities.