• Environmental Streamlining

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA believes that for the sake of safety, productivity and the environment, initiatives to streamline the environmental review process for highways and airports should be a top congressional priority.  While Congress acted through passage of MAP-21 to eliminate many areas of the bureaucratic maze and to eliminate or consolidate unnecessarily redundant programs, it…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:17 PM

  • Quality Growth

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA supports “quality growth,” responsible planning that acknowledges that the future livability of our communities depends on strong, comprehensive local planning.  Growth is inevitable in a free society.  Quality growth strives to accommodate growth in a manner consistent with a broad vision of a region’s future.  NSSGA supports comprehensive transportation planning that takes…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:17 PM

  • Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act

    NSSGA POSITION After five years of debate, 23 short-term extensions and a partial shutdown, Congress approved the final version of the long-delayed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill.  President Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 658) into law on February 15, 2012. NSSGA supported passage of FAA reauthorization and the certainty…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:14 PM

  • Construction Materials Recycling

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA and its member companies encourage life cycle re-use of products during manufacturing and post consumer use when it is cost effective and will bolster the nation’s sagging infrastructure without jeopardizing the future quality of that infrastructure or the environment.   BACKGROUND Millions of tons of asphalt concrete, portland cement concrete and other…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:10 PM

  • Endangered Species Act Reform

    NSSGA Position NSSGA believes that protection of endangered species and the regulation of land use are important public policy issues that should be addressed by Congress. We support a scientifically based program that takes a common-sense approach to protecting endangered species while recognizing private property rights and the need for continued economic growth. Background The…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:10 PM

  • Tax Reform

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA supports minimizing the tax burden on businesses and working families in order to increase the rate of capital formation, economic growth and job creation.  NSSGA supports pro-growth tax reform legislation that will reduce and simplify taxes, eliminate the “death tax,” and reduce taxes on capital gains. NSSGA opposes legislative proposals to repeal…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:05 PM

  • Percentage Depletion

    NSSGA POSITION The NSSGA supports retention of the percentage depletion deduction for aggregates.   BACKGROUND Percentage depletion is the capital cost recovery method recognized in the tax code for the aggregates industry and other natural resources industries. It is five percent for sand, gravel and crushed stone and varying in amounts up to 22 percent…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:02 PM

  • Federal Gasoline Excise Tax Repeal

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA opposes repeal or suspension of the federal gasoline excise tax unless the action is being taken because the country is transitioning to a new long-term surface transportation funding mechanism. The user fee, paid by those who utilize the roads, is dedicated to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and is essential to fund…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 6:59 PM

  • Estate Tax Repeal

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA supports permanent reform of the federal estate tax (death tax) that was repealed by The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 200l, but will revert to pre-2001 levels in 2013.   BACKGROUND The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 fully repealed estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes in…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 6:53 PM

  • Environmental Management Systems

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA encourages its members to adopt and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) program to meet its environmental requirements and improve its overall environmental performance.   BACKGROUND An EMS is a set of management tools and principles designed to guide the allocation of resources, assignment of responsibilities and ongoing evaluation of practices, procedures…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 5:52 PM