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Infrastructure Alert – January 29, 2013

The current International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) contract extension expires at the end of February 6.  Carrier-paid container royalties remain the central issue in the negotiation.  Dockworker contracts were originally set to expire September 30, 2012,

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Posted in Articles, earmarks, FEMA, gas tax, Highway Trust Fund, sequestration, TIFIA, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – January 15, 2013

   The $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package is currently being debated in the House.  Monday night, the Rules Committee approved 13 amendments for floor consideration.  After neglecting to schedule a vote on an aid package that had been approved

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Posted in Articles, FEMA, Highway Trust Fund, National Flood Insurance Program, NFIP, NHTSA, Panama Canal, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – January 3, 2013

  The 112th Congress adjourned before voting on any Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Although the Senate passed a $60.4 billion relief bill, the House did not hold a vote on it nor the Republican-backed alternative $27 billion bill.  After the

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, FEMA, Infrastructure, MAP-21, Transportation Legislation, Washington, D.C., WRDA

Infrastructure Alert – December 11, 2012

    On November 27, President Obama signed S.1956, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011, into law.  The law allows the Department of Transportation to exempt U.S. airlines from the carbon tax imposed by the EU. 

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Posted in Articles, Coast Guard, FEMA, natural disasters, Washington, D.C.

Your Home and Business After Hurricane Sandy: 3-Point Bulletin

The Importance of Evaluating Property and Making a Plan A natural disaster can leave you and your business mired in financial uncertainty and insecurity. Assessing conditions, values, and assistance need is critical to both short- and long-term recovery. Below are

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