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Industry Economists Sound Off on Government Shutdown

As the government shutdown enters its second month, the question becomes, what impact will a long-term shutdown have on the construction and aggregates industries? Rock Products reached out to industry economists and analysts for an answer.

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New Report Offers Construction Outlook

FMI Corp. released its "2019 FMI Overview," featuring FMI's latest forecast, the 2019 U.S. and Canada Construction Outlook. The publication offers comprehensive construction forecasts for a broad range of market segments and geographies in the United States and Canada and provides valuable insights from FMI executives on how to navigate the next 12 months.

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Sullivan Predicts Construction Spending Increases

At World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Ed Sullivan, executive vice president and chief economist for the Portland Cement Association, noted that the state of the economy is good. Sullivan's presentation is one of the highlights of the show each year.

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Help NAPA Track U.S. Use of Recycled Materials, Warm Mix

Every asphalt mix producer in the United States is asked to participate in the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) annual survey on the use of recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt. This survey is conducted by NAPA under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is an important tool for tracking the use of sustainable practices by the asphalt pavement industry.

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Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Delayed by Shutdown

The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act) requires the Department of Labor, including MSHA, to annually adjust its civil monetary penalty levels for inflation no later than Jan. 15 of each year. Adjustments are made by issuing a final rule that is effective on its date of publication in the Federal Register. 

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