Legislative News

Washington Report: Finally, Clarity

By Craig Piercy, ACPA Washington Advocate

It’s been nearly 10 years since I started serving as ACPA’s man in Washington. Much of that time has been spent on tax issues, specifically fighting back against IRS efforts to apply the 12 percent tax on the purchase of concrete pumps, and working to forward legislation that would exempt job site fuel consumption from federal highway excise taxes.

Washington Report: Political Black Swans

By Craig Piercy, ACPA Washington Advocate

What do the internet, the 2008 financial crisis, and the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs all have in common?

Washington Report: Crunch Time

By Craig Piercy, ACPA Washington Advocate

It’s crunch time in D.C., as all of the unfinished legislative business piled up over the course of the year comes to a head. ACPA is making good progress on the Hill related to the overtaxing of concrete pumps for job site fuel use. For more information on that initiative, see the article on page 32 of this issue.

Legislative Alert: Hours of Service

By Craig Piercy, ACPA Washington Advocate

Washington Report: The Cost of Crumbling Infrastructure

by Craig Piercy, ACPA Washington Advocate

The Washington Report: The Road Ahead

by Craig Piercy

In the 2014 midterm elections, the GOP rode a wave of discontent with President Obama to win big gains at every level of government. Republicans picked up nine seats in the Senate, 12 seats in the House (possibly 13 by the time you read this), three governorships (including two in the traditionally blue states of Maryland and Massachusetts), and control of 11 state legislative chambers.

Exciting News

On September 15, 2014, Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX25) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR03) introduced the American Concrete Pump Tax Fairness Act of 2014 (HR 5474). This bill rights the wrong of the 2004 JOBS Act that indirectly prevented concrete pumps from maintaining their previous fuel tax exemption by applying a 7500 miles per year prerequisite.

The Washington Report: Progress

by Craig Piercy, ACPA Washington Advocate

It’s go time!

Since 2004, concrete pump owners have been required to pay federal excise taxes on 100 percent of the fuel they consume, even though on average, more than 55 percent of it is used in offhighway, jobsite operations.

Washington Report: 2014 Election Rundown

by Craig Piercy

With the unexpected primary defeat of Eric Cantor, the 2014 pre-election session of Congress is effectively drawing to an early close.

Washington Report: The Political Weather Report

by Craig Piercy

As in most other places, the winter of 2014 has been long, damp and cold for Washington D.C., and the first green shoots of springtime are a welcome sight.