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EPA’s Back-to-Basics agenda tames myriad Obama regulations

A Pennsylvania coal mine was the backdrop for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s early-April announcement of an agency agenda true to Trump administration objectives. “Back-to-Basics means returning EPA to its core mission: protecting the environment by engaging with state, local, and tribal partners to create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth,” he affirmed.

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Foundation end use determines state’s taxing of ready mixed and rebar

Missouri provides contrasting outcomes in application of sales tax on concrete for foundations. The Missouri Department of Revenue’s Letter Ruling 7780 concludes that a taxpayer’s purchase of ready mixed and rebar used to construct wind turbine tower foundations qualifies for the sales tax exemption covering machinery and equipment used in manufacturing. Production of electricity for sale has been determined to be a qualifying manufacturing activity, the ruling notes, and the sales tax exemption at issue, Section 144.030.2(6) RSMo, applies to machinery and equipment plus “materials and supplies solely required for installation or construction of such machinery and equipment.” Because the wind turbine cannot function properly without a foundation, the Department concluded the turbine tower foundation concrete and rebar purchase qualified for the sales tax exemption.

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Trump campaign manager keynotes NRMCA-NSSGA session

Corey Lewandowski, who spearheaded much of the first year of Donald Trump’s 17-month White House campaign, stressed the new administration’s commitment to economic growth and job creation during a keynote address to a joint National Ready Mixed Concrete Association–National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association session last month in Las Vegas.

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Campaign measures gains, losses tied to water, wastewater system investments

A new report finds that closing the nation’s water infrastructure investment gap would create 1.3 million jobs and generate $220 billion in economic activity. “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure” was commissioned by the Value of Water Campaign, through which the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in Alexandria, Va., and allied interests seek to advance positive solutions to pressing supply, conveyance and treatment system challenges.

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