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Editorial: Dealmakers Strike a Big Deal

The $2 trillion infrastructure agreement President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats reached last week has been a long time coming, and we’re thrilled to see it. Voices on both sides of the aisle have maintained that infrastructure is a bipartisan issue. Seeing the top leaders from both parties agree on such a massive legislative effort indicated that those statements were more than just talk.

Transport Topics
May 1, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Infrastructure Bill Should Pave Way for Modernization, Holmes Norton Says

Eleanor Holmes Norton Eleanor Holmes Norton via Facebook

The April 30 announcement from House Democrats on an agreement with President Donald Trump to work on a $2 trillion infrastructure package elevated the profile of the subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and presents Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton with an opportunity to pursue a transformative vision not just for the District of Columbia, but the entire country.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 1, 2019
Government, Business

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Calls Latest Round of China Trade Talks ‘Productive’

Steven Mnuchin U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (left) with China Vice Premier Liu He (Andy Wong/Bloomberg News)

The latest round of U.S.-China talks wrapped up in Beijing on May 1, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calling the meetings “productive” in a tweet.

Bloomberg News
May 1, 2019
Government, Business

Factory Gauge Falls to Two-Year Low as Orders Cool

Factory Worker Getty Images

A gauge of U.S. factories fell in April to the weakest level since late 2016, signaling that manufacturing headwinds extended into the second quarter as companies continue to confront uncertainty about trade.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
May 1, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

ARTBA Webinar Speakers Champion Transparency, Trust

ARTBA Highway workers patch potholes on a road near Detroit. (fixmistate.org)

Establishing rapport with legislators and the public is essential to gaining their trust and generating support for infrastructure investment, according to state transportation leaders.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 30, 2019
Government, Business

Instructional Technologies Offers New Entry-Level Training System

Driver behind the wheel John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Instructional Technologies Inc. announced the availability of its On Ramp entry-level driver training system to help commercial driver license schools meet the new federal entry-level driver training standards that go into effect in February.

April 30, 2019
Government, Business

Trump, Congressional Democrats Agree on $2 Trillion Infrastructure Package

Traffic congestion The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine via YouTube

After a private meeting at the White House on April 30, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that Democrats had reached an agreement with President Donald Trump on a $2 trillion infrastructure measure.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 30, 2019
Government, Business

Employment Costs Rise 0.7% in First Quarter

Jobs David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

U.S. employment costs held up at a steady pace in the first quarter as wages firmed, signaling some buildup of inflationary pressures that could still spur pickups in otherwise-muted price gauges.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
April 30, 2019
Government, Business

Farmers Go Organic in Search of Millennial Dollars in Grain Glut

Farmers Ty Wright/Bloomberg News

While the number of farms overall in the United States from 2012 has shrunk, the number of organic growers has surged, according to the latest census from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Shruti Date Singh and Michael Hirtzer | Bloomberg News
April 30, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Increases 2.2¢ to $3.169 a Gallon

diesel fuel pumps Thinkstock

The U.S. average retail price of diesel climbed 2.2 cents to $3.169 a gallon, as crude oil stabilized around $63 per barrel, the U.S. Department of Energy reported April 29.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 29, 2019

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