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Between a Rock and a Hard Place


RR061819 ShakespeareJune 18, 2019 – At the recent Texas Aggregate & Concrete Association's National Industry Leadership panel, Michael Johnson, president and CEO of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association identified the 800-lb. gorilla in the room, and how aggregates producers could end up, shall we say, between a rock and a hard place. Johnson noted that the upcoming presidential and legislative elections would have a profound effect on the industry. “If we end up after the 2020 cycle with an all-Democratic line up (presidency, Senate and House),” said Johnson, “we would most likely have a $2 trillion infrastructure bill passed within 90 days. However, it would also present a bit of a paradox because the regulatory landscape would also change dramatically, creating a situation in which we would have to be wary of unreasonable regulations and rules based upon unsound science that would make it more difficult to meet the increased demand for our products.” As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, "ay, there’s the rub!"