U.S. Chamber CEO Urges a Rally for Recovery Through Infrastructure and More

In his annual State of American Business speech, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue outlined the path for a widespread economic recovery through a bold agenda of infrastructure investments, workforce reskilling, immigration reforms and reinvigorating America’s global competitiveness. Additionally, he warned that excessive regulations and anti-competitive taxes would undermine the recovery.

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Infrastructure an Economy Boost

Dec. 8, 2020 – The Biden administration is eyeing a major infrastructure package as a way to boost the economy and advance its climate priorities, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle eager for progress after four years of fits and starts under President Trump, according to an article in The Hill. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that the nation’s crumbling…

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PCA Forecasts Cement Consumption Decline Into 2021

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) released its annual Fall Forecast, which predicts a modest decrease in cement consumption during 2020 and 2021. PCA Market Intelligence expects cement consumption, based on the weighted average of three different economic scenarios, will lessen by 1.5% for the remainder of 2020 and 0.9% in 2021.

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Sullivan Speaks

Sept. 8, 2020 – Portland Cement Association Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Ed Sullivan postulated two likely economic scenarios for the future as he gazed into his crystal ball. In the newly released briefing, “Coronavirus Impacts on the US Cement Industry,” Sullivan suggests the possibility of a W-shaped model that includes a slide back into recession due to a significant rise…

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NSSGA Continues Virtual Leadership Summit

July 16, 2020 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), as part of its virtual Executive Committee & Leadership Summit, hosted Rich Thau from the firm Engagious talking about swing voters. The event was sponsored by Caterpillar. Thau has determined that swing voters in a number of states are largely low-information voters who get their information more from local sources, and are…

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NSSGA Kicks Off Virtual Leadership Summit

June 10, 2020 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), as part of its virtual Executive Committee & Leadership Summit, hosted economist Anirban Basu, who took participants through recent economic ups and downs via charts, graphs, explanations and somehow The Lord of the Rings. Basu concluded that despite the ongoing negative signals, “the recovery is afoot.” But it won’t be fast.…

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