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Gas Tax Talk

RR021119 pumpFeb. 11, 2019– For the first time in a long time, talk about increasing the gas tax is heating up, and an increase could become a reality. According to a report on Politico, at least one Republican wants his colleagues to make the leap – and to risk their careers if they have to. John Katko (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Transportation Committee, said at a panel sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers that lawmakers need to have "political courage" and "guts" on the issue. "You can't always think about your job here in Congress. This is a duty, it's not a right for you to have this job. If it costs you the job for something like this, the country's better off and you made a difference," he said. Ed Mortimer, vice president for transportation and infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which advocates for a gas tax increase, said the Chamber would "go to any district in America" to support a member of Congress who was "primaried" for backing infrastructure investment.

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Infrastructure Whispering

RFTR GovShutdownJan. 22, 2019 – Reuters reported that 20 high-ranking Trump administration officials met with the president to discuss a potential infrastructure plan.

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Benchmark 2019 Survey

RR120518 SurveyDec. 5, 2018Rock Products needs your insight! Please take our industry survey. Our 2019 Industry Survey is designed to help us understand the trends and needs of the industry looking forward. With your insight and answers, you're helping us plan our editorial coverage and content. We know your time is valuable, so every completed survey will be entered to win in our drawing for one of five Amazon Gift Cards. We look forward to bringing you the best editorial and smartest industry coverage every month.

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Happy 40th Anniversary

RR112818 PolydeckNov. 29, 2018 – I am blogging live this week from South Carolina, where I met with representatives from Polydeck Corp. to talk turkey, industry issues and the company's 40th anniversary. What began in 1959 in Johannesburg, South Africa, is today a thriving family-owned business with a leading industry image and a unique timeline of growth and revolutionary thinking. Thanks to Dennis Zeiger for being a congenial host.

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Election Thoughts

RR110718 electionsquareNov. 7, 2018 – The prevailing industry opinion in the aftermath of the midterm elections is that this may be a good opportunity to finally move infrastructure to the front of the list as a Washington priority. A Democratic House of Representatives and Republican Senate may find very few things they agree on, but infrastructure is certainly one of them. “An infrastructure bill is something that President Trump and lawmakers seem to agree on, and we will continue to advocate for a serious and sustainable investment in our country’s infrastructure. Fixing the funding mechanics of the Highway Trust Fund and improving our aging roads will allow goods and services to move faster and safer, create jobs and allow people to travel to work more safely. When you do all of that, our economy can grow,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “That is why we encourage all lawmakers to work together, because better infrastructure leads to a better America.” 

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