IAAP Update Newsletter
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
Proposed Trump Budget Includes Transportation
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. . . .
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) . . .
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). . . .
IAAP Golf Outing
Monday, September 11, 2017
Panther Creek Country Club and Piper Glen Golf Club
Registration and more info here:
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. . . .
MSHA awards $250K in 2017 Brookwood-Sago
Fosters development of training programs, materials to combat hazardous
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
NEW Associate Member
MIDWEST INDUSTRIAL SALES, INC.
423 Industry Ave.
Gardner, IL 60424
(815)423-5961 / FAX (815)423-6135
Matt Wilson, Sales Agent – email
Products/Services: Heavy equipment
IAAP Calendar. . . .