Monthly Archives: December 2017

  • Circuit Court Rules on OSHA Silica Standard

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently issued a ruling that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could proceed with a respirable crystalline silica standard enacted in 2016. The Court did not give weight to studies that have shown that the aggregates industry’s compliance with current regulations has been…

    Posted 12/29/17 at 11:10 AM

  • Custom Dredge Works Announces the Delivery and Launch of a New 16- inch Electric Cutter Suction Dredge for James D. Morrissey, Inc.

    The electric powered design of this dredge is much more ECO friendly and cost effective than its diesel-powered counterparts. This electric dredge virtually eliminates air, water and noise pollution while also being much simpler and less expensive to maintain. Triborough Sand & Stone and the neighboring communities are thrilled! This is the first of two Electric dredges that CDW has delivered into New Jersey in the past couple months.

    Posted 12/22/17 at 11:04 AM

  • Reforming Taxes and Funding Infrastructure Repairs

    President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law on Dec. 22, 2017. The package includes a reduction in the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent starting in 2018, a repeal of alternative minimum tax for corporations and it doubles the exemption levels for the estate tax. “We welcome the signing of…

    Posted 12/19/17 at 2:53 PM

  • Support Grows for Private Activity Bonds in Tax Reform Bill

    House Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., is pushing for infrastructure funding as part of the tax reform bill. Graves and 38 members of Congress sent a letter to their colleagues that voices their support for private activity bonds (PABs) to be included in H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. A…

    Posted 12/14/17 at 3:15 PM

  • Congress Wraps Spending Bill: Do Not Open ‘Til Xmas

    Congress staved off a government shutdown by clearing a two-week continuing resolution, H.J. Res. 123 (115), on Dec. 7, that extends current government spending levels until Dec. 22. President Donald Trump endorsed the spending patch and is expected to sign it today, Dec. 8. Lawmakers acknowledged that they will need another short-term bill to buy…

    Posted 12/8/17 at 11:54 AM

  • NSSGA Briefs Capitol Hill on WOTUS Rule Impact on Small Operators

    Karen Hubacz-Kiley of Bond Construction in Spencer, Mass., represented NSSGA on Capitol Hill on Dec. 6 to share the aggregates industry’s perspective on how the onerous 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) would impact small operations.  Hubacz-Kiley said the rule was a massive regulatory overreach and called on regulators for clarity. “The rule must be…

    Posted 12/7/17 at 9:38 AM

  • America Recognizes Miners Day

    On Dec. 6, the country takes a moment to celebrate the incredible contributions that those who quarry stone, sand and gravel make on everyday life.  “The 100,000 men and women in the aggregates industry provide the foundations that build America and should be recognized for their dedication and hard work,” said Michael W. Johnson, president and…

    Posted 12/5/17 at 4:48 PM

  • One Step Closer on Tax Reform

    Early Saturday morning, the Senate passed their version of a tax reform package by a vote of 51-49. The House and Senate must now reconcile the two separate proposals into one that will need to be voted on in both chambers before sending it to the President’s desk. After days of debate and hours of…

    Posted 12/4/17 at 5:01 PM

  • NSSGA Community Relations Awards Extended Until Dec. 10

    NSSGA members now have until Dec. 10 to apply for an Excellence in Community Relations Award. Operations that have done an exemplary job engaging their community and neighbors are strongly encouraged to apply. Winners will be announced in early 2018 and presented with their awards at NSSGA’s Annual Convention in Houston, March 4-7. To apply for…

    Posted 12/1/17 at 9:43 AM