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Florida block makers open their wallets for voluntary, check-off-modeled fund

Sources: Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council Inc., Orlando; CP staff

Independent and major operators representing 60–70 percent of the Sunshine State’s concrete masonry production capacity assembled earlier this month to sign a commitment, effective April 1, to contribute 1 cent per concrete block sold to support the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council (FCMEC).

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Federal contractor ‘blacklisting’ rule winds through White House, agencies

Sources: Littler Mendelson P.C., San Francisco; Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The Department of Labor has submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a proposed rule supporting President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (E.O.), provisions in which can bar participation in federal projects if contractors or their subcontractors have violated labor laws in the past three years.

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Road Builders map fuel tax, rebate plan to fund six-year, $400 billion highway bill

Sources: American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

As members and their customers approach the current federal surface transportation program’s May 31 sunset, ARTBA has outlined a plan it believes could end the political impasse over how to fund Washington, D.C.’s share of state highway, bridge and transit capital projects, while seeding a $401 billion, six-year highway and mass transit capital investment program.

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