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Infrastructure needs have emerged as a top priority for most state administrators who received the go-ahead to spend millions of dollars on repairs as well as new construction projects that range from expanding highways to fixing decrepit roads to installing Intelligent Transportation Systems.

WASHINGTON — The chorus of support for funding highways and infrastructure grew louder last week with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce unveiling a four-point plan that would raise fuel taxes, expedite the permitting process, facilitate more private investment and help construction firms address a shortage of skilled labor.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. and the Motion Picture Association of America exemptions from hours-of-service regulations pertaining to the electronic logging device mandate.

The latest battleground in the ongoing dispute between XPO Logistics Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was in Albany, N.Y., where less-than-truckload drivers voted against unionization.

Kansas City Southern announced a significant uptick in profits in the fourth quarter, but similar to virtually all U.S. companies, the final total was bolstered by the savings anticipated from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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2018 is shaping up to be a potentially transformative year on the government front for freight transportation. Our Jan. 17 LiveOnWeb program, “2018 Government Outlook,” dissected the prospects for infrastructure reform and regulatory issues that will impact trucking businesses. Watch the replay.

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