Category: Government

  • Regulatory Agenda Revealed

    The Trump administration continued efforts to repeal excess regulations with the release of the Fall Regulatory Agenda. The agenda does not include all upcoming and expected actions, rather, it provides information on agency priorities for the coming year. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has targeted May 2018 to release a proposed rewrite of the 2015…

    Posted 1/9/18 at 1:42 PM

  • Infrastructure Now!

    Joining with 100 other business and industry leaders, NSSGA sent a letter to Capitol Hill today urging Congress to pass bipartisan infrastructure legislation. NSSGA together with the coalition known as the Infrastructure Working Group emphasized the need for a substantial and long-term plan from the 115th Congress to address shortages in key federal funding such…

    Posted 1/3/18 at 3:12 PM

  • 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

  • NSSGA Podcast: The Latest on Tax Reform

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping rewrite of the tax code today. As the U.S. Senate continues to craft its own tax reform bill, Laura O’Neill-Kaumo, NSSGA senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs, discussed what’s at stake for the aggregates industry with Patrick Dunne, NSSGA communications director.

    Posted 11/16/17 at 1:39 PM

  • Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA

    David Zatezalo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Labor overseeing MSHA with a vote of 52-46 on Nov. 15, 2017. During his confirmation process, Zatezalo told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that he would seek more consistent enforcement from agency officials and improved use of technology…

    Posted 11/15/17 at 4:55 PM

  • Continuing to Push Regulatory Reform

    NSSGA recently told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Fish and Wildlife Service that unreasonable delays in the permitting process are far too common for aggregates operations. Nancy Haley and Chip Smith from the Corps met in-person at NSSGA’s headquarters with Mark Williams of Luck Companies, Matt Hinck of CalPortland and NSSGA staff. They…

    Posted 10/20/17 at 10:00 AM

  • Is Your Drone Program FAA Compliant?

    NSSGA member firm Husch Blackwell will deliver October’s AGG1 Online webinar next week to give operators tips on how to get started with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) program, The ABCs of UAVs (Thursday, Oct. 26, 3-4 p.m. ET). The use of drones has been growing in popularity in construction and aggregates applications — it provides…

    Posted 10/18/17 at 10:01 AM

  • A Chance to Reform Taxes and Highway Funding

    The chairman of the House committee tasked with overhauling the nation’s tax code said that he was open to including sustained infrastructure funding as part of a tax reform package. “Infrastructure’s sort of the satellite that continues to circle tax reform,” House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, told Politico on Thursday, Sept….

    Posted 9/14/17 at 4:43 PM

  • NSSGA’s Griesemer Tells Congress to Curb Over-Regulation

    Louis Griesemer, from Missouri-based Springfield Underground, called on the House Small Business Committee to take action on burdensome and conflicting regulations that cause project delays and harm small operations.  “I want to be clear, that I am not against regulation, nor is NSSGA,” said Griesemer, who also serves as the as the co-chair of the…

    Posted 9/6/17 at 1:26 PM

  • Watch Live: NSSGA on Capitol Hill Today

    Click here to watch Louis Griesemer, of Springfield Underground, testify before the House Small Business Committee beginning at 11 a.m., Eastern time. The committee is holding a hearing to examine how federal permitting requirements burden small businesses and ways to streamline the permitting process. “As an industry, we work with the federal government to promote policies…

    Posted 9/6/17 at 8:00 AM