Illinois Picks a State Rock

June 10, 2022 – It only took 400 million years, but dolostone has been named Illinois’ official state rock. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the declaration into law earlier this week, crediting a group of suburban Chicago elementary and middle school students for pushing the legislation through Springfield, according to WTTW. “You couldn’t have picked a rock that better represents Illinois,” Pritzker said.…

Read More

NSSGA, ARTBA Appeal to Supreme Court on Clean Water Act

Confusing rules promulgated by federal agencies under the Clean Water Act (CWA) are hurting the transportation construction sector’s ability to deliver infrastructure improvements that benefit all Americans, according to an amicus brief filed April 13 with the U.S. Supreme Court by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). 

Read More

NSSGA Opposes Gas Tax Holiday Proposals

House Democrats are discussing suspending the gas tax through the rest of the year, while Senate Democrats also discussed the idea during a closed-door caucus lunch, according to media reports. But the idea is getting pushback from GOP senators, whose support the legislation would need to ultimately pass, as well as some Democrats who are signaling early skepticism. 

Read More

IIJA: State by State

Nov. 19, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Transportation released state-by-state fact sheets that highlight how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will deliver for communities across the country by repairing roads and bridges, improving transportation options, building a national network of chargers to accelerate the adoption of EVs, upgrading our nation’s airports and ports, and much more. 

Read More

Biden Signs Infrastructure Bill

Nov. 15, 2021 – In a ceremony that took place at the White House today, President Biden signed into law the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that finally passed Congress after months of negotiations. “This bill marks an inflection point for us as a nation,” Biden said. “Things are going to turn around in a big way.” Biden has named…

Read More

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: An Analysis

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), passed Nov. 5, is the most important piece of transportation legislation since the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. Here are some key highlights about what is included in the legislation and how funding will flow to each state, courtesy of Michele Stanley, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) vice president of government and regulatory affairs.

Read More

House Passes Historic Infrastructure Bill

The House of Representatives, late on Friday, Nov. 5, passed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), ending months of in-fighting and political intrigue over the issue. The tally on the infrastructure bill was 228-206, with only 13 Republicans supporting the measure. Six Democrats voted no as well.

Read More
1 2 3 7