Faculty testify before Congress on transportation, job issues


Two U-M faculty members testified before U.S. House panels Tuesday, about improving the effectiveness of surface transportation safety grant programs, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time employees on jobs.

Peter Sweatman, director of the U-M Transportation Research Institute, addressed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit about using technology to create a safer and more efficient transportation system.

Read Sweatman’s prepared testimony before the committee.

UMTRI Director Peter Sweatman, right, talks with fellow committee witness Sgt. Thomas Fuller of the New York State Police before Tuesday’s hearing. (Photo by Madeleine St. Denis, U-M Washington Office)
Helen Levy

Helen Levy, research associate professor at the Institute for Social Research, School of Public Health and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, addressed the House Ways and Means Committee, challenging the suggestion that defining full-time work as 30 hours or more per week would encourage companies to keep workers’ hours below the 30-hour threshold.

Read Levy’s prepared testimony before the committee.


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