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And Now . . . A Word from Our Founding Fathers

I was taken by a great press release that came from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). They note that on Sept. 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the historic document they had created. ARTBA is using the 228th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution signing to remind Congress that Article One, Section Eight, makes support for transportation infrastructure investment a core federal government responsibility. It’s time, ARTBA said, for Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund.

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Will It Take a Death to Get Congress to Act?

Since 2009, Congress has passed 34 short-term bills to fund transportation programs. This “kick-the-can-down-the-road” strategy seemed likely to end at press time, with news that the Senate was close to working out a deal on a six-year bill.

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Positive Signals for the Future

Shortly after I completed my August issue editorial, the Senate passed its version of the highway bill. As we wait for the House to finalize its version of the bill, then contemplate the mysteries of the universe while they try to reconcile the two bills, here are a few interesting construction-economy items.

 

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Help Us Celebrate 120 Years of Rock Products

26 120YEARS 150With this issue, we kick off Rock Products’ 120th year celebration. That is 120 years of serving the aggregates, cement and nonmetallic minerals industries from 1896 to 2016.

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