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  • THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTS: CAN A NEW CONGRESS BAIL OUT TRANSPORTATION IN FIVE MONTHS?

    As the smoke cleared on a new political reality last week, transportation was a bit of an afterthought in the “what will the election mean for” discussion, which focused mostly on immigration, health care, trade agreements and tax reform. But if Congress and the White House are to agree on anything next year, there is…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:51 PM

  • LAME DUCK PUSH FOR HIGHWAY FUNDING SOLUTION CONTINUES

    The NSSGA-led Highway Materials Group sent a letter (see below) to Senate and House leaders Nov. 6 in advance of the congressional meeting with President Obama Nov. 7. The letter urges action to pass a funding solution to assure the stability and sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund in the lame-duck congressional session. Additionally, NSSGA President…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:47 PM

  • THE 114TH CONGRESS WILL SEE NEW CHAIRMEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL

    While much of the attention over the next few weeks will be focused on the Senate’s transfer of party control, the House will see numerous new faces in several key committee top spots for the aggregates industry.  House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will remain, but the retirement of Rep. Tom Petri,…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:43 PM

  • VOTERS NOT SURE HOW – OR IF – THEY WANT TO PAY FOR BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE

    Voters in several states across the country had the opportunity Nov. 4 to approve various transportation-related ballot initiatives that would provide more revenue or flexibility for infrastructure projects, and the results were mixed.  Texas voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative to divert up to $1.5 billion per year from the state’s Rainy Day Fund into road…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:35 PM

  • Weir Group acquires Trio

    Weir Minerals has acquired Trio Engineered Products, the Chinese-American manufacturer of crushing and separation equipment for the mining and aggregates markets. Weir says its acquisition of Trio will enable it to: provide a more complete product and service offering to existing mining customers leverage Trio’s cost-effective manufacturing platform utilize Weir Minerals’ global platform and relationships…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 5:20 PM

  • EPA WATERS OF THE U.S. DOCKET CLOSES THIS FRIDAY, YOUR COMMENTS NEEDED!

    The deadline to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency/Army Corps of Engineers proposed rule on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) is this Friday, Nov. 14. EPA and the Corps must hear from the aggregates industry about the effects the WOTUS rule will have on current operations and future expansion. By submitting comments you are…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 12:29 PM

  • CONGRESS – FIX THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND NOW BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

    NSSGA President and CEO Mike Johnson urges his membership to use the lame-duck session to their advantage and reach out to Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund now before the end of the year.      

    Posted 11/7/14 at 11:31 AM

  • NSSGA ENLISTS MEMBERS & STATES IN BOLSTERING SENATE SUPPORT FOR MSHA STATE GRANTS PROGRAM

    NSSGA continues its work to spearhead support for funding the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s State Grants program. Called for in the 1977 Mine Act, the program delivers funds to states to provide safety training for miners. While MSHA has reported that the program trains approximately 80,000 miners annually, the administration has proposed elimination…

    Posted 11/5/14 at 12:37 PM

  • “Digital Aggregate” is Coming Soon!

    Introducing NSSGA’s new instantaneous communications channel. In today’s Internet age, a weekly report on industry news and the association’s activities is out of date the moment it is published. eDigest and Washington Watch has served NSSGA members well to this point, but it needs to evolve with the times. The communications department is developing a…

    Posted 11/5/14 at 12:12 PM

  • ROCKPAC ROCKS THE HOUSE (AND THE SENATE, TOO!)

    Out of the 471 House and Senate races on the ballot Nov. 4, ROCKPAC donated to 224 candidates – 48 percent of all races! Breaking this down even further, ROCKPAC contributed to candidates in 25 Senate races (69 percent of seats up in 2014) and 199 candidates for the House (46 percent of the 435…

    Posted 11/5/14 at 11:58 AM