Government

Follow developments in legislation, court rulings, and more for the construction industry on the local, state and federal levels.



Vehicle Fueling Future — Will Jobs Follow Fed EV Infrastructure Blueprint?

This month (June), the FHWA released a blueprint for states to develop half a million charging stations, part of the Biden administration's goal of moving from gas- to electric-powered vehicles. The White House believes that in the process the plan will create jobs for steelworkers, electrical workers and laborers to build, install and maintain the network....


Association of Equipment Manufacturers Applauds Passage of Ocean Shipping Reform Act

Kip Eideberg, senior vice president of government and industry relations for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve S.3580, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act....


Grove TTS9000-2 Truck Crane Brings All-Wheel Steering to Nimble, Lightweight Carrier

Manitowoc has expanded its Grove truck crane offering with the new four-axle TTS9000-2, boasting all-wheel steering and an impressively long boom on a lightweight carrier. Much of the improved design comes from Manitowoc's Voice of the Customer process, which uses consumer insights to improve engineering work and product development....


President Joe Biden, U.S. Senator Rob Portman Receive ARTBA's Highest Honor

President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are the 2022 recipients of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) highest honor — the "ARTBA Award."The award was given May 17 in Washington, D.C., during ARTBA's 2022 Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition's (TCC) Fly-In....


Wisconsin Finance Committee OKs $282.9M for Transportation

On April 27, Gov. Tony Evers' plan to invest $282.9 million in Wisconsin's infrastructure won overwhelming bipartisan approval from the Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance. Approval from this committee is the last step needed for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to deploy Wisconsin's allocation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for infrastructure improvements throughout the state....


ARTBA: Rollback of NEPA Reforms Threatens Transportation Project Delays

The Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) April 19 decision to impose new environmental regulations jeopardizes the efficiency of the transportation project delivery process and the promised outcomes of the 2021 federal infrastructure law, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)....


ARTBA, NSSGA: Clean Water Act Rules Hurt Transportation Sector's Ability to Fix Nation's Roads & Bridges

Confusing rules promulgated by federal agencies under the Clean Water Act (CWA) are hurting the transportation construction sector's ability to fulfill the goals of the landmark Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), according to an amicus brief filed April 13 with the U.S....


Is Right-to-Repair Order a Sleeper Issue for the Construction Industry?

Have you been following the Right-to-Repair debate? Though President Joe Biden's executive order limiting anti-competitive practices was meant to chiefly benefit consumers and farmers, it has implications for the construction sector....


Washington Gov. Signs $17 Billion Transportation Package

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) A nearly $17 billion, 16-year transportation revenue package that will pay for a variety of projects across the state, including building four new hybrid electric ferries, was signed recently by Washington Gov....


ABC Hails Court Decision Blocking Biden Administration's Independent Contractor Do-Over

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas dealt a blow to the Biden administration's efforts to delay and rescind the Trump administration's 2021 independent contractor final rule in a decision applauded by Associated Builders and Contractors, which had sued to block those actions....