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5/23/2017

The Trump administrated presented its proposed fiscal 2018 that includes $1.6 billion for the wall between Mexico and the US. At one point, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said the 2017 and 2018 budget would allot $4.1 billion for the wall, and the White House said the decrease was partially due to a compromise reached with Democrats on a budget extension.

5/23/2017

Missouri is dealing with a skilled-labor shortage, according to Leonard Toenjes, president of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri, who was part of a recent job fair in St. Louis. Instead of touting job openings, the contractors, schools and unions at the fair introduced attendees to career paths in the construction industry in an effort to raise interest.

5/23/2017

A House tax committee received mixed messages from business leaders Tuesday on the desirability for a border adjustment tax on imported goods. Target CEO Brian Cornell said the tax would shift the burden from large corporations to individual taxpayers, while former Wal-Mart CEO William Simon said the tax would help keep and create manufacturing jobs in the US.

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Business Insider
5/23/2017

US District Judge Richard Leon has put a stop -- possibly permanently -- to the proposed Purple Line of the Washington, D.C.-area Metrorail by ruling that Maryland officials and the Federal Transit Administration did not adequately portray the line's effects. He ordered a supplemental environmental impact statement, and the results could derail the project.

5/23/2017

An illegal sand mining operation in California's Monterey County is cited as one source of erosion on the coast, per the California State Lands Commission. The operation, the last of its kind in California, extracts 200,000 cubic yards of sand each year.

5/23/2017

Economists say that the taxes paid by tractor-trailers do not cover the damage they cause to roads. Robert Atkinson, the former chair of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, believes Congress should adopt legislation that would charge for vehicle-miles-traveled along with a surcharge based on the weight of the truck, the roads it uses and the cargo it's hauling.

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5/23/2017

The Russian government announced the establishment of a road map to implement building information modeling across the entire life cycle of capital facilities. Over time, the use of the guidelines "will lead to the situation when the information modeling market and environment will become more systematic, and this will benefit all participants in the construction process," said Khamit Mavliyarov, deputy head of the Construction Ministry.

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5/23/2017

One of five planned buildings recently topped out at the $1.3 billion Capitol Crossings in Washington, D.C. When complete, the project will cover 7 acres and contain 2.2 million square feet of building space.

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Washington
5/23/2017

A 580-acre residential community planned in Houston would include a 2-acre man-made lake. A system of concrete trails would allow golf carts and pedestrians access to the lagoon.

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Houston
5/23/2017

Skanska Magnus Eriksson discusses the company's involvement in three public-private partnership projects in the US, noting that they can be tailor-made and very flexible. He outlines the benefits of P3s and explains that they require a construction company to operate in a collaborative way.

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