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Transportation Support a Positive for Candidates

A new analysis of eight states that passed legislation to increase their state motor fuel taxes in 2015 to pay for important new transportation improvements shows that 98 percent of Republican and Democratic lawmakers who supported the bill won their primary races in 2016.

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Construction Spending Flat in July

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during July 2016 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,153.2 billion, nearly the same as (±1.5 percent) the revised June estimate of $1,153.5 billion. The July figure is 1.5 percent (±2.3 percent) percent above the July 2015 estimate of $1,135.9 billion.

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New Home Sales at Highest Level Since 2007

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 12.4 percent in July from a downwardly revised June reading to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 654,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the highest reading in almost nine years. 

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Three Quarries Targeted by MSHA in July Impact Inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that federal inspectors issued 161 citations during special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines and six metal and nonmetal mines in July.

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Poor California Roads Costing Motorists Billions

Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack desirable safety features cost California motorists a total of $53.6 billion statewide annually – more than $2,800 per driver in some urban areas – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. 

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