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6 • ROCK products • February 2019 www.rockproducts.com IN THE KNOW Federal Shutdown Impacting Project Planning for State DOTs As the partial shutdown of the federal government over border wall funding stretched past 30 days, some state departments of transportation are beginning to curtail planning for new projects while several mass transit systems are scrambling as many rely on federal grants for both operating revenues and capital funding, accord- ing to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). In his first media briefing as the new executive director of AASHTO, Jim Tymon explained that since the 115th Congress did not pass Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations for seven of the 12 annual spending bills, including the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development or THUD package, states to date are limited to only about a quarter of the federal funding they are scheduled to receive this year. However, he stressed in the Jan. 8 con- ference call that the U.S. Department of Transportation employees paid out of the Highway Trust Fund – including all Federal Highway Administration employees – are reporting to duty with pay as usual and that FHWA is able to continue reimbursing states for proj- ects approved prior to the shutdown. "I think what you'll see in the short term is states finding ways to move money around from different pots in order to keep their systems operating as effi- ciently as possible. It's not something they can do forever," Tymon said on the call. "The longer this drags on, you're going to see states start to draw back on FAST FACT Departments of transporta- Ɵon are beginning to curtail planning for new projects while several mass transit systems are scrambling as many rely on federal grants. Heavy Duty Slurry Pumps for Aggregates, Sand, Gravel, Rocks, and More! +1 (904) 356-6840 www.schurcoslurry.com Rubber or High Chrome Lined often with ZERO Seal Water Required. Visit Booth 39052 at AGG1 in Indianapolis to find out more! sales@schurcoslurry.com Proudly Pumping Since 1975 / Jacksonville, Florida

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