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Mica bill an "Epic Fail"

HighwayBill200x150July 7, 2011 – Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, has just proposed a six-year transportation reauthorization bill that invests a paltry $230 billion to repair and rebuild our highways and bridges, a drop of about 20 percent from the last transportation bill signed by President George W. Bush in 2005. In the vernacular of my teenage daughters, that is an "Epic Fail," and would result in the loss of even more construction jobs in an industry still reeling from the after-effects of Great Wall Street Recession.

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National Perspectives

HighwayCongestion200x131July 6, 2011 – The Washington Post published an editorial today outlining in layman's terms the battle over a new infrastructure bill.  "Disagreement over the three options — raise the gas tax, dramatically cut spending or find new revenue sources — has stalled a renewal of the six-year transportation spending bill since it expired in 2009.

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We Like Ike

Dwight_EisenhowerJune 30, 2011 – ARTBA sent out a terrific promo marking the 55th anniversary of the signing of the bill that created the Interstate Highway System. Verbiage follows: "Did you know that when Dwight D. Eisenhower crossed the country as an Army officer in 1919 it took him more than 60 days to make it from Washington to San Francisco? Because most of the roads were muddy, and bridges were barely able just to carry cars, many of the 80 or so trucks in his convoy were damaged or completely lost.

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Vulcan's Little Secret

vulcan200x94June 24, 2011 – Investor web site The Motley Fool is taking a close look at Vulcan Materials, and they noticed something interesting. At first glance, the company looks to be struggling. Trailing-12-month revenue decreased 1.2 percent, and inventory increased 7 percent. In sequential quarterly reports, revenue dropped 16.9 percent, and inventory grew 2.9 percent. But there's something lurking beneath the surface.

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PA stands for Plenty of Aggregates

pennsylvania200x200June 21 , 2011 – Blogging live this week from the Pittsburgh area, where we are beginning our summer tour of quarries and manufacturing facilities. According to the recent USGS First Quarter 2011 Report, Pennsylvania saw a small uptick in aggregates production, with 13,200 million Mt of stone being produced, a 1.5 percent increase quarter over quarter.

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