Legislative News

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.

Washington Report : Fuel Tax Fairness

by Craig Piercy

Washington Report: Fall Budget Drama

by Craig Piercy

Washington Report: Summer Scorecard

by Craig Piercy

Washington Report: History and Challenges of the Highway Trust Fund

by Craig Piercy

At the ACPA board meeting earlier this fall, several members asked me to explain the situation with the Highway Trust Fund (HTF)—specifically why it always seems like it’s on the verge of bankruptcy these days.

Washington Report: A Friend in High Places

by Craig Piercy

When Mitt Romney announced his running mate, most Americans had never heard of him. However, for many in the concrete pumping industry watching that hot Saturday morning in August, the GOP vice-presidential nominee was already a friendly and familiar face. The Congressman from Wisconsin has been a longtime supporter of the concrete pumping industry and a key ally in our fight against unfair federal excise taxes on concrete pumps.