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Packaging Materials Purchased by Missouri Trucking Company Ruled Tax-Exempt

The Missouri Department of Revenue has ruled that a trucking company’s purchase of packaging materials and supplies is not subject to the state sales tax, according to an article in the January 25 issue of the State Laws Newsletter.  The trucking company also provided its customers, which were distributors and retailers, with warehousing and packaging services involving cardboard boxes and lids and liners for the boxes.  The trucking company did not retain title or ownership of these materials when it transferred them to customers.

AASHTO Head Wants Investment, Tax Reform for Highway Trust Fund Solvency

Congress needs to take action this year to sustain the federal-aid surface transportation program, according to John Horsley, Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on January 16. He called on Congress to enact additional economic stimulus through transportation investment and to reform the taxes that support the nation's highway and transit programs.

Specialized Transportation Symposium Room Block Guarantee Ends January 28

SC&RA’s Specialized Transportation Symposium is scheduled for February 27-March 1, 2013 at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista in Orlando Florida. All room reservations should be made by Monday January 28, 2013 to ensure a room at the host hotel and receive SC&RA’s preferred hotel rate. Rates are $155 for a single/double and the government rate is $111 per night. The hotel will be releasing the remainder of SC&RA’s room block on January 29 to the general public. As of that date SC&RA cannot guarantee availability because the hotel is near capacity during the Symposium.

SC&RA and NBIS Announce Contract Extension

On December 31, NBIS and SC&RA extended their Endorsed Sponsorship Agreement for another three years, expiring December 31, 2016. NBIS has been the SC&RA endorsed property casualty insurance provider since January 1996. Over the past 17 years in partnership, NBIS has provided superior service and expertise in risk management, underwriting and claims services to its insured’s and to members of the SC&RA.

SC&RA Vice President to Review Permitting Harmonization at Symposium

Douglas Ball, SC&RA’s Vice President of Transportation, will address “harmonization” of state permitting requirements and enforcement during an educational session at the Specialized Transportation Symposium, February 27-March 1, in Orlando, Fla. In addition to reporting about what SC&RA has accomplished on these issues in the last 12 months, he will discuss related issues and objectives expected to command the Association’s attention throughout 2013.

Strong Lineup of Exhibitors Already Set for Products Fair at Annual Conference

SC&RA members that have been thinking about exhibiting at the Products Fair during the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, Westin, Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz., are encouraged to act soon. Although SC&RA has expanded the event to 90 booths this year, only 13 remain available. The Products Fair will be the only official activity on Friday, April 5, 9 a.m.-noon. Booth fees include one complimentary registration to the Annual Conference.

SC&R Foundation Scholarships and Grants Help Recipients Stand Out

An often underestimated benefit of SC&R Foundation scholarships and grants is the ability of these awards to enhance the resume of recipients. The scholarships are restricted to students preparing for careers or currently employed in the specialized carrier, crane and rigging or related industries. Hiring managers in the industry already have a high regard for the Foundation and its programs, including the scholarships and grants.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 2.8 Percent in December

The seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index issued by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) on January 22 increased 2.8 percent in December after surging 3.9 percent in November. The back-to-back increases in November and December were by far the best of gains of 2012. As a result, the SA index equaled 121.6 (2000=100) in December versus 118.3 in November. Despite the solid monthly increase, compared with December 2011, the SA index was off 2.3 percent, the worst year-over-year result since November 2009. For all of 2012, tonnage was up 2.3 percent.

Minnesota Advisory Committee Recommends Large Fuel Tax Increase

The January 18 edition of the State Laws Newsletter noted a recent recommendation by the Minnesota Transportation Finance Advisory Committee to impose a 40 cent per gallon fuel tax increase over the next 20 years to fund the state’s transportation requirements. The committee offered two suggestions for spreading out that increase, one of which involves a 10 cent jump in the first year. Additionally, the body also recommended increases in local wheel taxes, but did not recommend that the state pursue a vehicle miles traveled tax or tolls.

Planning Advances on Major Wind Energy Projects

Recent issues of Wind Energy SmartBrief included the following items of interest to SC&RA members involved with the hauling, erection and maintenance of wind farms: