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  • 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

  • Urging Congress to Invest in Critical Airport Improvements

    Joining with 51 other manufacturing and airport industry stakeholders, NSSGA sent a letter to Capitol Hill yesterday urging Congress to improve aviation infrastructure across the country by modernizing the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and increasing funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) in the expected 2018 omnibus bill. Both of these key wins for airport infrastructure improvements were included in…

    Posted 11/28/17 at 4:20 PM

  • Community Relations Awards Close This Week

    The popular Excellence in Community Relations Award program will be accepting applications until Dec. 1, 2017.  The recognition showcases efforts by an operation to connect with their local community and to better the public perception of the aggregates industry. Gold, silver and bronze award winners will be announced in early 2018.  The prestigious Platinum award…

    Posted 11/22/17 at 10:42 AM

  • 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