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MAY 2018

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IN THE KNOW ROCK products • May 2018 • 11 see businesses relocate to areas with a smoother, more efficient and more modern transportation system. The design, construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure in Illi- nois supports 154,001 full-time jobs across all sectors of the state economy. "These conditions are only going to get worse, increasing the additional costs to motorists, if greater investment is not made available at the state and local levels of government," said Will Wilkins, TRIP's executive director. "Without adequate funding, Illinois' transportation system will become increasingly deteriorated and congested, hampering economic growth, safety and quality of life. Spending Bill Includes Infrastructure Dollars President Trump signed the $1.3 tril- lion-dollar federal spending bill keeping the federal government funded through the end of September. For the last sev- eral months, the government was operating on temporary measures. Among many things, the bill includes: •  $700 billion for defense, $61 billion over the last year, biggest annual defense boost in 15 years. Increases for weapons procurement including 14 Navy ships, bolstering missile defenses. Funds 2.4 percent pay raise for troops. •  $591 billion for domestic programs. Almost $5 billion to battle abuse of opioid drugs, $3 billion more than last year. • National Institutes of Health get $37 billion, up $3 billion from 2017. •  $1.57 billion for President Donald Trump to begin building his wall with Mexico, and to generally bolster border security. •  Holds the Environmental Protec- tion Administration to last year's $8 billion. Rejects Trump effort to cut spending for cleaning up Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and other areas. •  $380 million to improve election security. Of note, this bill includes $48.5 billion dollars for surface transportation and another $13.6 billion for airport, rail- road and water projects. "Progress has been made to fix our crumbling infrastructure but this is far from the real investment that we need to keep America's economy growing," said Laura O'Neill-Kaumo, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) senior vice president of gov- ernment and regulatory affairs. "NSSGA's number one priority remains finding a solution to the faltering High- way Trust Fund," she added. FAST FACT Bill includes $48.5 billion dollars for surface trans- portation and another $13.6 billion for airport, railroad and water projects. SCREENING

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