Government Affairs

LCCA Legislation Clears Hurdle in Mass.

Craig Dauphinais, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association, reported on March 3 that LCCA legislation had been voted on “favorably” by the Commonwealth’s House & Senate Transportation Committees.

In support of “Life Cycle Cost for Long Term Pavement Solutions” (S1966), Leif Wathne, along with other officials representing the MC&AP, industry, labor, and the CS Hub, presented testimony in support of LCCA and the bill.  Leif submitted oral testimony to the House of Representatives, as well as written testimony to Rep. William Straus and then-State Senator Thomas McGee, co-chairmen of the Joint Committee on Transportation.  

“Working diligently and strategically with our allies in the cement and concrete industry to ensure state agencies adopt the best stewardship practices possible through use of Life Cycle Cost Analysis is not only good for our industry, it is good for the taxpayer,” Leif said.

ACPA Briefs Eurasian Transportation Leaders

A group of 20 industry professionals from Eurasia heard about concrete pavement from Leif Wathne in Washington, D.C. on February 27. 

The meeting briefing was part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Special American Business Internship Training or SABIT, as part of its  road construction program.  This marks the sixth time ACPA has participated in this program since 2007. 

Among the topics Wathne discussed were PavementDesigner.org, Wikipave, and details about ACPA strategies and programs.   

HMG Welcomes Trump Plan, Urges Funding Solutions

The Highway Materials Group* (HMG) issued a formal statement welcoming President Trump’s proposal to invest $1.5 trillion in America’s infrastructure. The group views the plan as a strong starting point in on-going discussions for much needed investment, but noted details were still too few.

“The plan needs a reliable pay-for that provides certainty for projects and shores up the Highway TrustFund,” said Jerry Voigt, President and CEO of the American Concrete Pavement Association. “HMG supports a variety of options such as fuel tax increases, vehicle miles traveled and highway freight fees, to name a few. All options should be on the table. We need infrastructure investment now.”

While the group isn’t opposed to privatization playing a role in investment, the group noted that it shouldn’t be the entire story and supports Congress pulling from many competing proposals to return to the certainty once brought from routine authorizations and appropriations bills. 

HMG encourages Congress to quickly pass bipartisan legislation that shores up the HTF and improves our country’s communities, commutes and economy.

Click here to see the full statement and here to visit the HMG website.

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The Highway Materials Group is comprised of the American Coal Ash Association, American Concrete Pavement Association, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Associated Equipment Distributors, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Portland Cement Association, and the Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute.

ACPA, NACA Webinar Update

As we reported last week, ACPA and other member associations of the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) presented a webinar on Feb. 13 to discuss the current status of infrastructure proposals being advanced in Washington, D.C.

The webinar, “Cement and Concrete Industry: Infrastructure State of the Union” featured an overview and insights into the Trump Administration’s infrastructure proposal (released Feb. 12), as well as those being advanced on Capitol Hill. 

An estimated 220 registrants participated in the webinar, which also included a robust Q&A session.  ACPA’s Leif Wathne participated in the webinar, sharing perspectives on highway and airport reauthorization, including funding. 

ACPA and NACA Partners to Present Webinar on Infrastructure Proposals

ACPA and other member associations of the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) will present a webinar that discusses the current status of infrastructure proposals being advanced in Washington, D.C.

“Cement and Concrete Industry: Infrastructure State of the Union” will be presented on Tuesday, February 13, beginning at 11 a.m. (EST) / 10 a.m. (CST).

ACPA and other NACA members will present an overview and insights into proposals advanced by the White House and on Capitol Hill, as well as political factors and other considerations. ACPA’s Leif Wathne will partake in a discussion on what NACA is doing on behalf of ACPA members and the cement and concrete industries, and also present insights on both highway and airport reauthorization and funding issues. 

The webinar is offered free of charge, but simple registration is required.   Click here to register online.

NACA is a coalition of twelve concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns & initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. NACA is working to advance an infrastructure package that supports priorities of the cement and concrete industry.

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