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Keep Moving Forward

McGraw-HillAugust 11, 2013 – New construction starts are forecast to rise 6 percent this year to $506 billion, according to the Midyear Update to the 2013 Construction Outlook from McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. This is the same rate of increase for total construction starts that was predicted last October, and follows the 8 percent gain that took place in 2012.

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Transportation Funding Bills on Verge

highway2July 31, 2013 – Congress is doing something right today. The U.S. Senate continued consideration of its FY’14 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill (S.1243), the spending measure covering nearly all U.S. Department of Transportation programs, according to NSSGA. The $54 billion bill is $2.3 billion more than the FY’13 enacted level and nearly $10 billion more than the House version.

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Financing Roads in Illinois

iaap_logoJuly 30, 2013 – There is an interesting development in road-construction financing in Illinois. According to the Illinois Association of Aggregates Producers, in order to maintain the state’s commitment to infrastructure investment, and support continued private sector economic growth, the Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC) proposed an $800 million annual increase in user fees to be used solely for on-going maintenance of transportation networks.

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McCarthy Confirmed

MccarthyJuly 19, 2013 – Environmental Protection Agency official Gina McCarthy won Senate confirmation to head the agency in a 59 to 40 vote.

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Boy Scout Mining Merit Badge in Development

SMEJuly 15, 2013 – Mining and the Boy Scouts would not normally go together, but pretty soon, the two will have a great working relationship. The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration announced that it has obtained approval to be the lead organization for the development of a new Boy Scout Merit Badge.

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