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James Joseph Elliott passed away August 4, 2016 at the age of 94

James Joseph Elliott May 03, 1922 - August 04, 2016

James Joseph Elliott May 03, 1922 – August 04, 2016

James Joseph Elliott passed away August 4, 2016 at the age of 94. James was born in Hastings, Nebraska, the youngest of seven children born to Joe and Anna Elliott. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp with the 7th Regiment 1st Division while attending Hastings College. James was in the landing invasion of Okinawa and active in combat with the Japanese for the 86 day fight to secure the island. He then served in China for 9 months and was honorably discharged in 1946. James married Leitha Seberg and they shared 27 years together. After the passing of Leitha, he later married Jeannie Markert and they resided in Visalia for 28 years. Jeannie passed away on January 10, 2007. He leaves behind his companion of ten years, Betty Peters of Visalia. James is also survived by his children, Anne Hickman and Gregory Elliott and wife Mary, all of Bonanza, Oregon. James leaves the Elliott grandchildren, Teri Torres and husband, George Torres and Daniel Hickman and wife, Pamela; three great grandchildren Austin Torres, Hunter and Bryce Hickman. James was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jeffrey Hickman and granddaughter Leanna Torres. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Visalia for 27 years where he served as an usher for many years. James’ greatest love was for the Lord. He was a very spiritual man. He was a member of Avenue of the Flag, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. James volunteered at Kaweah Delta District Hospital as a Blue Boy and was a member of Lifestyle Center for 18 years. James worked as an advertising/public relations executive for over 60 years. Baseball was his passion. Our Dad had a great sense of humor; loved his family and loved life. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1111 S. Conyer Street in Visalia. Remembrances may be made to Grace Lutheran Project “The Next 100 Years” or Avenue of the Flag, PO Box 1261, Visalia, CA. Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, CA (559) 732-8371.

Jim will be missed and remembered by his numerous friends in the construction industry where he plied his skills as an advertising and public relations executive for the Associated Construction Publications (ACP) from 1972 to 1990. Jim was ACP’s Western Regional representative responsible for all 14 ACP magazines (California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Bulletin [no loner with the ACP magazines],Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder) – a big territory, from Oregon to the Dakotas all the way to Texas. After leaving the ACPs Jim was an independent rep for several publications including the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) association magazine.

Jim really was an industry icon.

Greg Sitek

2016 — You Will Be Living In Interesting Times

Remus  and Mill my best friends, both victims of lymphoma in 2015.

Remus and Mill my best friends, both victims of lymphoma in 2015.

By Greg Sitek

May you live in interesting times” is an English expression purported to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. Despite being so common in English as to be known as “the Chinese curse“, the saying is apocryphal, and no actual Chinese source has ever been produced.

The nearest related Chinese expression is “宁為太平犬,莫做亂离人” (nìng wéi tàipíng quǎn, mò zuò luàn lí rén), which is usually translated as “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a man in a chaotic (warring) period.” (1)

As you read through the 2016 forecasts in this issue you’ll notice that predictions for the coming year are encouraging because they allude to an overall improvement in the economy: GDP + 2 %(+/-),

Nonfarm unemployment 5 % (+/-); motor vehicle & arts sales kissing $94 billion; US auto production 17 billion in 2015 and 20 billion by 2017, housing starts bumping 1.4 million units (combined) and there’s more goo news. Oh yes, construction, non-residential could be up as high as 4% give or take a point.

A major legislative accomplishment was the passing of the FAST Act (“Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” Act) — a five-year, $305 billion initiative (including $207.4 billion for the federal highway program). It only too something like 10 years and 35 extensions to produce the FAST Act (I wonder if there might be a touch of sarcasm in naming this piece of legislation.)

Unfortunately Congress chose not to replenish the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) by increasing user fees (e.g., increasing the gas tax). Instead, the roughly $70 billion needed to fully fund the FAST Act and supplement the projected five-year HTF shortfall will essentially be a combination of general fund transfers resulting from savings and revenues generated by:

  • Passport revocation for “seriously delinquent” taxpayers
  • Federal Reserve Board dividend payment reduction and surplus account transfer
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve sale of 66 million barrels of oil
  • Customs fees on airline and cruise passengers
  • Internal Revenue Service hiring private tax collectors
  • Office of Natural Resources Revenue royalty overpayment fix

While five-years of guaranteed funding is welcomed and will restore much needed near-term certainty for transportation construction programs, there is work left to do. AED and other industry organizations will continue to work with lawmakers to identify real and sustainable revenue streams to increase and stabilize the HTF for decades to come.

I remember that time before there was a six-year highway bill when we, the industry, waited for a proclamation of how much money was going to be allocated from the general to cover highway construction. It was the other time when potholes grew fasted than corn. We need a Highway Trust Fund because we can’t depend on our representatives in Washington to keep their promises and provide the funds necessary to maintain and upgrade our highways.

That aside, 2016 is also an election year. What will happen with oil prices? Or, what about gold? Silver? Interest rates? Oh they did go up 0.25% as we approached the end of 2015.

Of course there all the other concerns that we as a nation face – ISIS, terrorism, climate,, education, safety, healthcare, wages, insurance, etc. The list is endless. During an election year we are a nation in flux. Is this good? Or, is this bad? One thing for certain, it is interesting…

(1) Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_you_live_in_interesting_times)

 

Industry Associations Comment on Proposed Surface Transportation Bill

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AED Statement on White House Draft Surface Transportation Bill

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) President and CEO Brian P. McGuire released the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s draft reauthorization proposal for highways and surface transit, which was delivered to Congress by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on April 29, 2014.

“We’re pleased to see President Obama and Secretary Foxx playing an aggressive leadership role on road, bridge, and transit issues. With the federal highway program on the verge of collapse, we need innovative thinking about to how build, fund and finance America’s 21st century transportation system. We may have differences with the administration about some priorities and program specifics, but we’re on the same page about the need to make infrastructure a priority. We hope the administration’s comprehensive proposal is a catalyst for quick action by Congress to ensure the highway program’s near-term solvency and long-term stability. AED members look forward to working with the administration and lawmakers in both parties to achieving that goal.”

image001American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) CEO Reacts to Obama Administration Highway & Transit Bill Proposal

The following statement is from ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane:

“We commend the Obama Administration for putting forward a four-year proposal that recognizes the need for the significant boost in transportation infrastructure investment necessary to grow the economy, create jobs, and increase the nation’s productivity and international competitiveness.

“At the same time, we urge Congress and the President to engage forthrightly in developing a long-term solution to address the impending financial crisis facing the Highway Trust Fund, and then move quickly to take action on a multi-year highway, bridge and public transportation investment bill.

To read the Washington Post article on proposed Highway Bill click here

Hundreds Rally in Washington D.C. to Support Transportation Funding

15 Transportation Construction Industry Associations Rally to Make Transportation Job #1

Leading bipartisan Members of Congress joined hundreds of members of the transportation construction industry and its suppliers in Washington D.C. Tuesday to support the passage of a multi-year, fully funded transportation bill. The second annual RALLY for ROADS brings attention to the impact transportation and highway investment has on our nation’s economy.

“America’s infrastructure is vital to economic growth and job creation,” said Kerri Leininger, a RALLY for ROADS spokesperson and the Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. “America’s transportation needs are too great, and its impact on the nation’s economic health and well-being are too substantial to delay passage of a surface transportation bill any longer.”

RALLY for ROADS is a bipartisan rally sponsored by 15 national transportation construction associations. Ten members of congress participated in the event including Chairman for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Mica (R-FL) and Democratic Chief Deputy Whip, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Representatives from all facets of the road construction, manufacturing, services, retail, agriculture and natural resources industries will join together to support the rally.

“Deficiencies in America’s surface transportation systems have cost households and businesses billions of dollars,” said Leininger. “Our livelihoods depend on America’s roads. The support for RALLY for ROADS from congressional and industry members highlights the importance of getting our nation’s infrastructure back on track.”

“RALLY for ROADS” is sponsored by the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA), American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), Portland Cement Association (PCA), International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) the US Chamber of Commerce, and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Second Annual RALLY for ROADS Tuesday March, 20th in Washington D.C.

Nation’s largest transportation advocacy rally to support a fully-funded, multi-year transportation bill

The second annual RALLY for ROADS will take place Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11:00am on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Members of 15 transportation construction industry associations will join together to show their support of a fully-funded, multi-year transportation bill. The rally will showcase the role transportation plays on stimulating the economy, maintaining the nation’s global competitiveness and above all, creating American jobs. The Rally will feature employees from all facets of the road construction industry, including materials providers, road pavers, and equipment manufacturers and dealers.

RALLY for ROADS will be hosted by former Texas representative Max Sandlin. Participating speakers include Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Mica (FL), Rep. John Duncan (TN), Rep. Sam Graves (GA), Rep. Nick Rahall (WV), Rep. John Shimkus (IL), Rep. Jason Altmire (PA), Rep. Tom Petri (WI), Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI), and Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR). Speakers will also include representatives from the manufacturing, services, retail, agriculture and natural resources industries.

 What: RALLY for ROADS

When: Tuesday, March 20th at 11:00am (media set up can begin at 10am)

Where: Between 14th Street NW and 15th Street NW on the National Mall

Who:  American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA), American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), Portland Cement Association (PCA), International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the US Chamber of Commerce

To RSVP please contact Christin Fernandez 202-789-4365, cfernandez@hdmk.org or visit www.rallyforroads.com