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AEM backs Better Highways campaign with Washington, D.C. fly-in credit

Through I Make America, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers is launching an initiative to encourage members and the construction industry’s hardworking ranks to fly-in to Washington, D.C., and support a new federal highway bill. Individuals who attended ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 may be eligible to receive $500 for travel expenses to attend an industry-associated “fly-in” to meet with federal lawmakers and regulators to advocate for funding of highways, roads, and bridges. For those individuals who do not claim their reimbursement, AEM will contribute $500 on their behalf to benefit wounded warriors.

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Lawmakers, Administration move on highway funding reauthorization

Road and bridge construction stakeholders are tracking two major developments in Washington, D.C., as the Highway Trust Fund balance dwindles and the current federal highway funding program expires at the end of September.

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Limited driver pool steers aggregate hauler to Teamsters’ terms

Under a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board, Fontana, Calif.-based Commodity Trucking Acquisition LLC has entered a three-year collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 137, Redding, Calif., and will cover $262,000 in back pay for drivers at its Dispatch Transportation business, formerly Valley Aggregate Transport Inc. in Yuba City, Calif.

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EPA cement plant emissions rule stands

In a ruling on National Resources Defense Council v. EPA, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upholds major parts of an agreement the cement industry and Environmental Protection Agency reached on the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), under which producers will invest heavily in emissions treatment and controls equipment toward a 2016 compliance target.

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ROAD BUILDERS CONCUR WITH WHITE HOUSE ON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING REAUTHORIZATION

A campaign to spotlight the potential for Highway Trust Fund insolvency indicates a decreasing federal share—presently $.52 for every $1—of state department of transportation investments in highway and bridge capital improvements. Here, ARTBA tracks the actual federal/state share coast to coast.The American Road and Transportation Builders Association reacted favorably to the Obama administration’s FY 2015 budget, released early last month, which recommends investing $90.9 billion in transportation improvements, a proposed $18.6 billion over the FY 2014 amount, or a 25.7 percent increase. In a follow up to the president’s late-February outline MAP-21 reauthorization priorities, the administration again called for a four-year, $302 billion surface transportation program from FY 2015 through FY 2018.

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