Materials Group: Multi-year, not multi-month highway funding commitments

The Highway Materials Group, a coalition of concrete, cement, aggregate and asphalt interests, is calling on Congress to pass a multi-year transportation authorization bill following a temporary patch lawmakers approved before their August recess. 
“We are grateful Congress averted a fiscal cliff by continuing transportation funding through May 2015, but it missed the opportunity to provide the certainty that states, localities and industries, like ours, require for road, highway and bridge projects,” says National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association CEO Mike Johnson. “Congress needs to return to work in September and develop a multiyear surface transportation authorization that includes a sustainable funding mechanism. America cannot afford to wait until more bridges collapse and roads crumble. Transportation historically has united the parties in pursuit of what was good and needed for America to compete and thrive. Congress must continue the tradition of bipartisanship that resulted in passage of H.R. 5021.”

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Spot labor shortages surface as construction unemployment figures slide

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Sustaining momentum from April and May, construction employers added 6,000 workers to payrolls in June as the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent, its lowest level for the month in six years, according to an AGC analysis of new government data.

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