Obama Administration Frees Up Unspent Earmark Funds
The Obama administration announced that it won’t allow infrastructure funds to sit idle as a result of stalled earmark projects. It’s making more than $470 million in unspent earmarks immediately available to states for projects that will create jobs and help improve transportation.
$473 million in highway earmarks from FY2003-2006 appropriations acts remain unspent. Those acts contain provisions that authorize the secretary of transportation to make the unused funds available for eligible surface transportation projects.Read more
FedEx Corp. To Offer Voluntary Buyouts To Eligible Employees
FedEx Corp. on Monday, Aug. 13, announced that it will offer voluntary buyout incentives to certain U.S.-based employees in mostly nonoperational staff groups as part of a broader plan to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. The company said the vast majority of employees eligible for these incentives likely will be staff employees at FedEx Express and FedEx Services.Read more
Oil Slips Slightly To Just Over $91 A Barrel
Oil slipped slightly to almost $91 a barrel Monday, but managed to hold on to most of the big gains from the previous session after the U.S. reported better-than-expected jobs growth.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude was down 36 cents at $91.04 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $4.27 on Friday to settle at $91.40 in New York.Read more
Some Drought-Stricken States Lift Trucking Regs for Relief
Governors in some Midwestern states are easing trucking regulations for trucks providing relief to farmers hard-hit by the continuing drought.
The Drought of 2012 continues to hit some of the nation’s most important agricultural regions especially hard, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with more than seven-eighths of the nation’s corn (89%) and soybeans (88%) considered to be within an area experiencing drought.Read more
Carmageddon II’ Scheduled for September
The second 10-mile closure of both directions of the Los Angeles I-405 over the Sepulveda Pass, popularly known as “Carmageddon II,” has been scheduled for Sept. 29-30, when contractors will demolish the remaining side of the Mulholland Bridge.
Motorists throughout the State of California are advised to “plan ahead, avoid the area” to avoid generating extreme congestion in the project area and throughout the greater Los Angeles region.Read more