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4 • ROCKproducts • July 2019 The Competitive Enterprise Institute just released a study entitled "Transforming Surface Transportation Reauthorization: A 21 st Century Approach to Address America's Greatest Infrastructure Challenge." Sounds good, doesn't it? It's not. The report says Congress should: • Eliminate federal spending outside of highway freight corridors or at the very least allow federal capital funding to be redirected toward operations and maintenance activities. • Establish a mileage-based user fee pilot program to examine a shift away from motor fuel user taxes. • Eliminate federal prohibitions on states tolling their own Interstate segments. • Eliminate the private activity bond lifetime volume cap and expand project eligibility. • Eliminate procurement, labor and environmental rules that unnec- essarily increase costs and delay project delivery. So essentially the main point the report is built around is that we should be focusing our infrastructure-improvement efforts largely on high- ways that are used for commercial trucking. Yes, that is important, but that is only a part of the puzzle. A recent TRIP report focused on the deteriorating condition of rural roads. Should these roads be put on life support? I don't think so. "America's rural transportation system provides the first and last link in the supply chain from farm to market, connects manufacturers to their customers, supports the tourism industry, and enables the pro- duction of energy, food and fiber. Rural Americans are more reliant on the quality of their transportation system than their urban counter- parts," TRIP aptly states. The Competitive Enterprise report also calls for the elimination of the Highway Trust Fund in favor of mileage-based user fees. While that is a novel idea, no one I know takes it seriously, given the staggering political implications of that seismic shift, as well as the challenges of high administrative and operating costs, and jurisdictional issues. But my biggest complaint about the report is this statement: "Contrary to a common narrative, infrastructure does not face a broad immediate crisis in the U.S." Spoken like someone sadly out of touch with reality. Mark S. Kuhar, editor (330) 722-4081 Twitter: @editormarkkuhar SEMCO PUBLISHING CORPORATE OFFICE 8751 East Hampden Avenue, Suite B-1 Denver, Colorado 80231 U.S.A. P: +1.303.283.0640 F: +1.303.283.0641 PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Peter Johnson, EDITOR Mark S. Kuhar, ASSOCIATE EDITOR Josephine Patterson, PRODUCTION MANAGER & CIRCULATION Juanita Walters, GRAPHIC DESIGNER Michael Florman, PROJECT MANAGER Tanna Holzer, SALES U.S., CANADA SALES Kyle Nichol, Tel +1 330 819-3470 GERMANY SALES Gerd Strasmann, Tel +49202 28146483 SCANDINAVIA, UNITED KINGDOM AND WESTERN EUROPE SALES Jeff Draycott, Tel +44 (0) 786 6922148 Colm Barry, Tel +46 (0) 736 334670 JAPAN SALES Masao Ishiguro, Tel +81 (3) 3719 0775 AUSTRALIA/ASIA SALES Lanita Idrus, Tel +61 3 9006 1742 Rock Products, Volume 122, Issue 7, (ISSN 0035-7464) is published monthly by Mining Media Inc., dba Semco Publishing, 10 Sedgwick Drive, Englewood, Colorado 80113. Periodicals postage paid at Englewood Colorado, and additional mailing offices. Canada Post Publications Mail Agreement No. 40845540. Canada return address: Station A, PO Box 54, Windsor ON N9A 6J5, Current and back issues and additional resources, including subscription request forms and an editorial calander, are available online at SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Free and controlled circulation to qualified subscribers. Non-qualified persons may subscribe at the following rates: USA and Canada, 1 year $72.00, 2 year $119.00, 3 year $161.00. For subscriber services or to order single copies, write to Rock Products, 8751 East Hampden Avenue, Suite B1, Denver, Colorado 80231 USA; call +1.303.283.0640 ext. 207 (USA) or visit ARCHIVES AND MICROFORM: This magazine is available for research and retrieval of selected archived articles from leading electronic databases and online search services, including Factiva, LexisNexis, and ProQuest. For microform availability, contact ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or +1.734-761-4700, or search the Serials in Microform listings at POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Rock Products, PO Box 828, Northbrook, IL 60065-0828. REPRINTS: Rock Products, 8751 East Hampden Avenue, Suite B1, Denver, CO 80231 USA; P: +1.303.283.0640 ext. 207, F: 1+303.283.0641, PHOTOCOPIES: Authorization to photocopy articles for internal corporate, personal, or instructional use may be obtained from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) at +1.978.750.8400. To obtain further information, visit COPYRIGHT 2019: Rock Products ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Official Media Partner Member of New Report Misses the Mark

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