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States Look for New Infrastructure Funding

Oregon is at the forefront of states that are thinking creatively on transportation funding, according to an article in the July 22 issue of the Journal of Commerce (JOC).  A bill passed in the state Senate and House, which Governor John Kitzhaber (D) is expected to sign, would allow some drivers of cars and light trucks to pay according to how far they drive rather than by paying the 30-cent-per-gallon state gasoline tax.

Maine Governor Signs Highway Funding Legislation

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) has signed into law a two-year, $613.6 million highway fund budget, which pays the Maine Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division of the Secretary of State and part of the State Police. However, LePage did not sign the funding legislation until shortly after the state House and Senate voted to override his veto of the two-year budget that funds most other state operations. The highway fund’s primary revenue sources are the state fuel tax and motor vehicle registration fees.

Diesel Prices Climb for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices jumped by 3.6 cents to $3.903 per gallon, the third consecutive weekly increase, according to a Department of Energy report released on July 22. This increase comes on the heels of last week’s 3.9-cent uptick, which had been the largest since February. Diesel is now 12 cents more expensive than the same week last year.

Early-Bird Registration for Crane & Rigging Workshop Ends in Less than a Month

Register before August 9 for the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, September 18-20, at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Fla., to take advantage of early bird rates. In less than a month, registration fees for SC&RA members increase by $60 per registrant and $30 per spouse. Non-member registration fees will increase $50 per registrant and $30 per spouse.

SC&RA Offers Members Valuable Webinars at No Charge in July, August

SC&RA is now accepting registrations for two webinars. The one-hour seminars begin at Noon Eastern. Both are free for SC&RA members and $49 for nonmembers:

SC&RA Reminds Members of July 31 Deadline for Gross Revenue Reporting Forms

SC&RA members are required to submit their 2012 Gross Revenue forms to identify their 2014 annual membership dues. If you have not received your 2012 gross revenue form, a blank copy of the form can be downloaded here. It is critical that all member companies complete and return the form by July 31, 2013. All gross revenue figures are kept in the strictest confidence and maintained only by the SC&RA staff.

SC&RA Mourns Loss of Karoline Goldhofer-Prützel

SC&RA was saddened to learn of the death of Karoline Goldhofer-Prützel on July 13. During the 60 years that she influenced the Goldhofer Company, Memmingen, Germany, it developed into a leading global provider of heavy lifting and hauling technology. Following her marriage in 1953 to the company’s founder, Alois Goldhofer, she became increasingly active in the company.

SC&RA Welcomes Three New Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members:

Carolina Crane Sales, LLC: Robert Hileman
264 Latitude Lane, Suite 102
Lake Wylie, SC 29710
Phone: (443) 250-7532
Services:  Leasing, Rental, Sales

Ralph Smith Co.: Sam Smith
847 West 500 South
West Bountiful, UT 84087
Phone: (801) 295-8824 Fax: (801) 292-3386

Construction Unemployment Falls to 9.8 Percent

The unemployment rate for construction workers fell below double digits in June for the first time since 2008 as every segment of the industry added employees, according to an analysis of new government data released on July 5 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “Construction employment in June was the highest since August 2009,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson. “But employment is still down by one-quarter from the peak more than seven years ago.

Global Construction Market to Reach $15 Trillion by 2025

A new report released on July 1 forecasts growth in the volume of construction output of over 70 percent to $15 trillion worldwide by 2025. The benchmark global study—the third in a series from Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics—shows the meteoric growth, which outpaces that of global gross domestic product, will be concentrated in three countries: China, the U.S. and India.

China overtook the U.S. to become the world’s largest construction market in 2010, and is