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What About Us?

RR080318 highwayAug. 4, 2018 – Then there is this news item. Australia will work with Japan and the United States to invest in infrastructure development and other projects in the Indo-Pacific region. The three countries formed a partnership for that purpose, judging that “more support is needed to enhance peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region,” the Australian government said in a statement, apparently bearing in mind China’s growing influence there through its Belt and Road initiative. This partnership is designed to promote infrastructure investment mainly in energy, transportation, tourism and technology. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States will invest $113 million in the fields of cybersecurity, energy and infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region. Uh, I'm sorry but, what about OUR infrastructure?

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Shuster Poised to Release Infrastructure Bill Framework

RR072318 HighwayBillJuly 23, 2018 – There are once again rumblings regarding an infrastructure bill. House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster told Politico that he will soon release a framework proposal. Shuster said his discussion draft would "cover all the bases in infrastructure" and "deal with all the policy pieces," including pay-fors. With his retirement looming, Shuster has the added benefit of being able to go as bold as he wishes without having to placate interest groups that may not like some of the calls he makes. How will the existing highway and transit formulas fare in the proposal? Will he incorporate the 15-cent gas tax increase he embraced in February, and what other offsets might he endorse? Are there any elements of the White House infrastructure plan he'll borrow? Stay tuned.

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Repeal the California Gas Tax?

RR071718 gastaxJuly 17, 2018 – Last year in California, legislators enacted a 12-cents-per-gal. gas tax hike to boost funding to repair California’s decaying roads and bridges. But now, Proposition 6, which will be on the ballot in November, seeks to repeal that gas tax. It looks to be an epic clash that crosses ideological boundaries. Read about it here.

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Alternative Case Resolution Initiative

RR071218 HuschlogoJuly 12, 2018 – The average mining operation spends $20,000 per year on citations and penalties. Learn how to reduce or eliminate those fines for just a fraction of that recurring annual cost, by attending a seminar being offered by Rock Products' legal columnists Husch Blackwell. The conference will take place Nov. 6-8 in Denver. This two-and-a-half day workshop will cover the legal and procedural processes involved in field inspections, citations and ACRI resolutions. Mine operators and representatives will gain the skills necessary to participate in the ACRI process without having to obtain outside legal representation. Breakfast and lunch are included. This seminar could be your best money saving strategy all year. Go here to register. 

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Lafarge SA Under Investigation

RR070918 LafargelogoJuly 8, 2018 – This case is getting ugly. LafargeHolcim’s subsidiary Lafarge SA has been placed under formal investigation in France over allegations it financed terrorist groups, and aided and abetted crimes against humanity in a bid to continue operating in Syria, according to news reports. A panel of examining magistrates presiding over the case relating to the operation of the Jalabiya cement plant in Syria by Lafarge Cement Syria between 2011 and 2014, also charged Lafarge SA with violating a European Union embargo on oil purchases. Eight former company executives, including two former chief executives, have been indicted in recent months on charges of financing terrorism and putting the lives of their workers in Syria at risk. All of those officials have resigned from Lafarge, which merged with Holcim in 2015, after the activity in Syria took place. 

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