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New Construction Legislation Seeks to Reform New York's Public Contracting Process

The longstanding challenges faced by construction contractors and subcontractors when dealing with New York State's complicated public contracting processes are one step closer to being resolved, as the Construction Industry Public Contracting Advisory Council bill (S.4323-C/A.6232-C) awaits Gov....


AED Leaders Embark on 'Driving for Dealers 2.0' — The Sequel

The Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) executive team embarked on a nine-day multi-city motor coach tour on April 21 to visit equipment dealers across the midwest and south central regions to underscore the need for a robust federal infrastructure bill....


AED Embarks on 10-Day 'Driving for Dealers' Tour

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) embarked on a 10-day multi-city bus tour to visit equipment dealers across the Midwest, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains and the West. Stops also included two in Illinois and one in St....


Industry Hopes for Quick Action on FAST Act Extension

The transportation construction industry anticipates the one-year extension of the FAST Act surface transportation authorization, which is set to expire at the end of September. Passage of the extension looks likely after Congress reached a tentative agreement on Sept....


AEM Applauds Legislation to Strengthen Manufacturing in America

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement supporting introduction of legislation to strengthen manufacturing by U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan:"The Association of Equipment Manufacturers commends the introduction of the National Institute of Manufacturing Act to strengthen the manufacturing sector and ensure the future competitiveness of U.S....


Disaster Bill Provides $1.6B to FHWA Emergency Relief Program

President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 2157 – the "Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019" – on June 6 that provides $19.1 billion to cover recovery and other costsassociated with a series of catastrophic disasters that have struck the United States over the past three years....


AGC's Sandherr Urges Congress to Pass 'Restoring Investment in Improvements Act'

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, released the following statement in support of the new, bipartisan, Restoring Investment in Improvements Act that is designed to fix a drafting error in the 2017 tax law that set the depreciation schedule for commercial property improvements at 39 years instead of 15:"Many construction projects are being delayed or reconsidered because of a drafting error that set the wrong timeline for depreciating the cost of commercial property improvements....


State Transportation Funding Legislation Ramping Up in 2019

Legislators in 37 states have introduced 185 bills aimed at boosting transportation investment in the first two months of 2019, a new analysis finds. This number is higher than the amount of legislation the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC) tracked over the same time period last year and is projected to grow as additional measures are introduced throughout the year....


Proposed Bill Could Cause Hangup for State's Oil, Gas Industry

New Mexico's booming oil and gas industry could soon hit a speed bump if a proposed bill creating a four-year moratorium on any new state permits for hydraulic fracturing permits passes. "All we want is clean air and clean water," said Samuel Sage, a member of the Navajo Nation's Counselor Chapter House, who appeared at New Mexico's state Capitol to support the bill, USA Today reported....


Repeal of Proprietary Products Rule Will Promote Innovation, Provide States More Flexibility, ARTBA Says 

The repeal of a 103-year old federal procurement rule would remove a major regulatory roadblock and "spur investment in and deployment of new technologies that promise to help advance safety, alleviate traffic congestion and improve our nation's highways," the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) told the U.S....






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