IAAP Update Newsletter

June 2017

End of Session Crash
The House and Senate adjournment deadline came and went last week with no state budget sent to the governor, no significant reform legislation passed and no apparent progress towards resolving the two-year stalemate between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrat majorities in the legislature. . . . more

Extension of the Sales Tax Exemption on Mining Equipment
During the final days of the scheduled session the IAAP’s legislative initiative to extend the sales tax exemption on mining equipment (currently scheduled to sunset in August of 2018) was rolled into a House Democrat omnibus tax bill – HB 160. . . . more

State Budget
House leaders chose not to vote on the $37.3 billion budget and the $5.4 billion tax increase passed by the Senate in the final week and instead announced that they will hold additional budget hearings in Chicago this week. . . . more



Road Funding
In the absence of the state budget there was no serious discussion about a capital construction bill, although the governor and legislative leaders continue to acknowledge the need for additional transportation infrastructure funding.  The Senate budget implementation bill, SB 42, would have made the problem worse by raiding over $100 million from the Road Fund for mass transit – a subsidy that is normally paid out of the state’s General Revenue Fund. . . . more



CCDD/USF Water Monitoring Mandate
The IAAP and our coalition partners were successful in blocking legislative attempts to mandate water monitoring at CCDD/USF facilities this session.  However, it appears momentum is building in the legislature to take action on the issue this fall or next spring. . . . more



Proposed Trump Budget Includes Transportation Cuts
While President Trump campaigned on investing a trillion dollars in infrastructure over the next 10 years, his first budget proposal only contains a broad outline for $200 billion in direct federal funding over 10 years with the remainder of the funding to come from regulatory and policy reforms encouraging private investment. Reports surfaced that Trump officials are working with congressional leaders on a potential plan to grant additional authority for states to toll interstate highways. . . . more



Support the IAAP Teachers Workshop by Sponsoring a Teacher
The IAAP’s Public Information and Education Committee will hold its 22nd annual Illinois Teachers Workshop: Rocks, Minerals & Mining in Today’s Society at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Illinois on July 17-19, 2017.
Would you like to sponsor a teacher from a community near your operations? If so, please contact the IAAP’s Jodi Perez (217.241.1639) . . . more



PIE Committee Provides Professional Development to Teachers in LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties
In early May, nearly fifty teachers gathered at the Ottawa office of Fairmount Santrol for the start of a professional development workshop conducted in coordination with PIE Committee workshop presenters; Fairmount Santrol - Wedron Silica; and the LaSalle, Marshall & Putnam Regional Office of Education (ROE). . . . more



IAAP Golf Outing
Monday, September 11, 2017
Panther Creek Country Club and Piper Glen Golf Club
Springfield, Illinois

Registration and more info here: http://www.iaap-aggregates.org/golf.htm



MSHA’s Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in M/NM Mines Effective Date Delayed Until October 2, 2017
IAAP associate member Conn Maciel Carey has reported to the IAAP on May 22, 2017, MSHA published another extension of the enforcement effective date for its new rule governing the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. . . . more



MSHA awards $250K in 2017 Brookwood-Sago grants
Fosters development of training programs, materials to combat hazardous conditions
ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced it has awarded $250,000 to five organizations to develop training programs and materials to better identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around mines. . . . more



IDNR Mined Land Reclamation Award Program
Accepting Applications for 2017
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals (IDNR-OMM) has established an annual Mined Land Reclamation Award Program to recognize outstanding achievements in reclamation in Illinois. The Mined Land Reclamation Award Program is intended to identify and recognize companies and individuals who maintain compliance with regulatory requirements and apply innovative techniques to reclaim land following mining activities. . . . more



One Quarry Job Creates Nearly Five Others
According to the NSSGA, each job in a quarry supports nearly five jobs, 4.87 to be exact, in other industries and sectors, and this multiplier effect is found at the local and state levels. This is just one of many facts found by the Washington D.C.-based Phoenix Center, which released an economic analysis of exactly how a stone, sand or gravel operation impacts jobs, tax revenues, other businesses and other key economic indicators in a community. . . . more



Shawnee Hills Wine Tour
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Enjoy an autumn afternoon in beautiful Southern Illinois with IAAP members visiting popular wineries along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. This new and exciting event supporting the IAAP PAC is sure to sell out. Registration and sponsorship opportunities at www.iaap-aggregates.org/winetrailtour.htm . . . more



IAAP Safety Slogan T-Shirts for the Summer
Summer weather having arrived, now is the perfect time to order IAAP Safety T-shirts for your miners and employees for $10 each! The design, pictured to the left, is printed on the back of an ANSI High Visibility Safety Green 50/50 T-shirt along with a small IAAP logo on the front. Order yours by calling Jodi at the IAAP (217.241.1639) or using the form available here: www.iaap-aggregates.org/2017pdfs/OrderForm.pdf . . . more



NEW Associate Member

423 Industry Ave.
Gardner, IL 60424
(815)423-5961 / FAX (815)423-6135
Website: www.mwisales.com
Matt Wilson, Sales Agent – email
Products/Services: Heavy equipment



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