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Tax Bill Leaves Out Infrastructure

RR140417 taxbillDec. 4, 2017 – The Senate passed its tax overhaul with no provision to route revenues toward a promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan or to fix the Highway Trust Fund's insolvency crisis. White House officials have reportedly told lawmakers that the Highway Trust Fund would be addressed later on in an infrastructure bill, but the timeline for such a bill is becoming increasingly slippery. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced a motion to amend the tax bill (S. 1 – 115), to use deemed repatriation revenue for infrastructure, but the Senate rejected it, 43-57. The motion would have sent the bill back to the Senate Finance Committee with instructions to "designate the revenue raised by the deemed repatriation provisions of the bill for infrastructure improvements." The motion's (predictable) defeat signals the end of the road for that long-held Democratic priority.

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Rockin' at Tower Rock Stone

IMG 0696Nov. 15, 2017 – Caterpillar held a product demonstration at Tower Rock Stone in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., to show off the capabilities of its new 988K XE electric drive loader.

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Dave Turin on the Rocks

RR103117 TurinOct. 31, 2017 – I had a great trip to Oregon, and I was especially pleased to have the opportunity to tour and profile reality TV star Dave Turin's family quarry. You won't see him on Gold Rush this season, but stay tuned, there is big news coming soon on his future plans. And thanks to my friends at Volvo for being there as well. Heresssss Dave

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White House to Back Gas Tax Hike?

RR102617 pumpOct. 26, 2017 – The White House may back the first hike in the federal gasoline tax in decades in order to pay for President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package. Trump’s economic adviser Gary Cohn told moderate House lawmakers that they'll get a chance to vote on a gas tax hike early next year as part of an infrastructure bill, according to two lawmakers who were present. The discussion over the fuel tax during the meeting was first reported by Politico Playbook. "Cohn seemed receptive to it," one meeting participant told The Hill. Separately, an industry source tells The Hill that the White House intends to back a 7-cent gas tax increase to pay for U.S. roads, bridges, highways and other public works, though it’s unclear if the proposal would be included in initial infrastructure legislation or if the administration will push to have it added at the committee level.

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Stop Unreasonable Permitting Delays

RR102017 nssgaOct. 19, 2017 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (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 discussed improvements for water permits and the withdrawal of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

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