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Tax reform codifies fairness model for resilient-building advocates

California and New York officials groused at the state and local tax (SALT) deductibility cap in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Proponents of the new law rightly noted how the rest of the country had subsidized those and a few other states whose residents could lower their federal income tax liabilities by itemizing state and/or local income and property tax payments.

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Aging antitrust law rules the day in Vulcan-Aggregates USA settlement

In its successful, steadfast rejection of a Martin Marietta Materials-proposed merger six years ago, Vulcan Materials stressed the likely sale of strategic sand & gravel and crushed stone assets that federal antitrust regulators would stipulate as a condition of approval.

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Paris-leery EPA enlists cement, concrete interests in real pollution reduction

This month’s United Nations (Conference of Parties) COP 23 meeting in Bonn, Germany, will differ much from COP 21, the gathering that spawned the “historic” Paris Climate Accord. Delegates are sure to perpetuate the fretting that accompanied President Donald Trump’s decision to exit an agreement to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.

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Ash Grove a sure bet for CRH model of “extracting the benefits of scale”

The ink had dried on September’s column, “Oldcastle-style capital reallocation,” by the time CRH Plc announced the boldest move in almost four decades centered on Oldcastle Inc., its North American business: A $3.5 billion acquisition of Kansas-based Ash Grove Cement Co., scheduled to close by year end.

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