Acosta Confirmed as Secretary of Labor

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Alexander Acosta to be the next Secretary of Labor. Democratic senators Catherine Cortez-Masto (Nev.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Angus King (Maine), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bob Menendez (N.J.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Mark Warner (Va.) joined with all Republicans to confirm Acosta by a vote of 60-38. 

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Four More States Set to Increase Gas Taxes

Legislators in four states – Tennessee, Montana, California and Indiana – have voted to increase their state gas tax to support new transportation improvements. The respective governors of each state are expected to sign the measures. This brings the total number of states that have increased fuel taxes since 2013 to 21.

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South Carolina Wildlife Federation Certifies Martin Marietta Quarry

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) certified Martin Marietta’s Berkeley Quarry as a Wildlife And Industry Together (W.A.I.T.) site. The W.A.I.T. program recognizes industries that are dedicated to protecting the environment and keep wildlife needs in mind when making land-management decisions. Martin Marietta joined 29 other manufacturers in the state with this distinction, including BMW, Michelin, Honda of S.C., Duke Energy, FujiFilm, Spartanburg Water and others. 

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Kansas Transportation Repairs Hampered as Governor Raids Funds

Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost Kansas motorists a total of $2.7 billion statewide annually – as much as $1,600 in some urban areas – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays.

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MSHA Reports Third Industry Fatality of the Year

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is reporting the third metal/nonmetal mining fatality of the year.

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