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First Friday Ask IMA - This Friday

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, November 9, 2017

Please join IMA-NA staff for First Friday's call tomorrow, November 10th, at 1pm EST.  There are substantial updates on both the regulatory and legislative fronts including: important information on the House and Senate tax packages, WOTUS, CERCLA 108(b), and the IMA-NA/MSHA Alliance.  As the end of the year approaches there is movement across the board on a myriad of issues impacting our industry. Please register below to get the latest news on our work in DC.

 

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BMC Receives Hometown Hero Award from State Assembly

Posted By Mark Ellis, Thursday, November 9, 2017

Badger Mining Corporation (BMC) recently completed its 17th year as a company sponsor of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (WDNR) annual deer gun hunt for people with disabilities.   On November 2nd it was recognized as a Hometown Hero by the Wisconsin State Assembly for its continued support of the hunting program. Nominated for the award by Representative Joan Ballweg, the Hometown Hero program “seeks to identify and recognize individuals from around the state who give of themselves to make a difference in our communities and in the lives of those around them.”

 

BMC accommodated 16 hunters this year, 12 of which were new and 4 that were returning. The hunters ranged in age from 17 to 70 years old, and came from every corner of the state of Wisconsin to participate. For many of the hunters, getting out into the woods and fields to experience a deer hunt, whether it was the first time or returning after many years away, is an opportunity that truly resonates with them. While many of the hunters are grateful for the chance to hunt again, the BMC associates that volunteer their time to help guide these hunters receive much from the experience as well. As one first-time BMC guide said after helping, “Thank you for allowing me to help with the hunters. It has truly been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done!”

 

To view the BMC press release, click here.

 

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2 Key GOP Representatives to Depart from Their Districts in 2018

Posted By RJ Alpers, Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Yesterday afternoon, it was announced that Representative Frank LoBiondo(R-NJ-02), a senior Republican from New  Jersey will be retiring from Congress in 2018 and not seeking reelection. This is of political significance to IMA and its membership because Rep. LoBiondo, a moderate Republican, has long been a supporter of the mining and industrial minerals industry. Furthermore, Rep. LoBiondo has strong labor ties and has several members’ mines within his district. With his decision to retire, political experts predict that this will open a battleground for the second district in southern New Jersey that LoBiondo has held since 1994.

In other political news, Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ-02) announced that she will be running for the Arizona Senate seat to be left vacant after Senator Jeff Flake’s retirement next year. Rep. McSally’s second district also contains members’ mines. We encourage all membership to stay up to date on local political developments as they may impact the political environment in your district. IMA will continue to provide updates to any political developments concerning our members.

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Percentage Depletion Deduction Preserved in House Tax Bill

Posted By Mark Ellis, Thursday, November 2, 2017

The good news is today the House Ways and Means Committee released its tax bill – H.R. 1, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The bill is the House version of comprehensive tax reform.  The House Ways and Means Committee will markup the bill beginning on Monday, November 6, at 12:00 p.m.

The great news is that the percentage depletion tax deduction remains unchanged as current law -- no repeal or modification of the current percentage depletion tax deduction is included in the House bill.  This is but one of the many steps in the ongoing tax reform legislative process, but it is a great first step.         

Some other House bill highlights that may be of interest to you and your company:

  1. The bill lowers the corporate tax rate to 20% – down from 35%;
  2. The bill reduces the tax rate on the business income of Main Street job creators to no more than 25%;
  3. The bill establishes strong safeguards to distinguish between individual wage income and “pass-through” business income;
  4. The bill allows businesses to immediately write-off the full cost of new equipment to improve operations and enhance the skills of their workers (i.e., full expensing); and
  5. The bill repeals the alternative minimum tax.

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to release its version of tax reform legislation sometime next week.

We will provide more information as the tax reform process evolves in Washington.  Many thanks to IMA-NA member companies for your engagement and feedback during the legislative process!

A copy of H.R. 1 is attached.

A section-by-section summary of H.R. 1 also is attached.   

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Tags:  H.R. 1  percentage depletion deduction  tax reform legislation 

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First Friday Ask IMA - Rescheduled

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, November 2, 2017

IMA-NA staff has rescheduled November's First Friday Ask IMA to Friday November 10th at 1pm EST. We are excited to update members on numerous regulatory and legislative developments including: the newly released House tax reform package, WOTUS, the IMA-NA/MSHA Alliance meeting, confirmation movement, and other things.  Please register below and be on the look out for more detailed news related to our lobbying efforts on tax reform. 

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Scott Mugno to Head OSHA

Posted By Mark Ellis, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Last week President Trump announced his intention to nominate Scott Mugno to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.  According to the White House announcement, Mr. Mugno currently is Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance at FedEx Ground.  He previously was Managing Director for FedEx Express Corporate Safety, Health and Fire Protection.  His responsibilities in both of these positions included developing, promoting and facilitating the safety program and culture.  An attorney, Mr. Mugno previously served as Division Counsel at Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s Waste Isolation Division and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the Eastern Region U.S. Army Military Traffic Management Command.  Mr. Mugno is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law and St. John’s University.

To view the White House announcement click here.


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Chris Greissing to Leave IMA-NA

Posted By Mark Ellis, Tuesday, October 31, 2017

IMA-NA Vice President Chris Greissing is leaving IMA-NA to become Vice President of Federal Affairs at the National Waste & Recycling Association, based in Arlington, VA. Today is his last day at IMA-NA. Chris has worked on behalf of the industrial minerals industry for over a decade, lending his expertise in public policy and politics to the organization and its membership. He truly has been an ambassador “extraordinary and plenipotentiary” to official Washington for the entire industrial mineral industry. We, here at IMA-NA, will miss Chris and thank him sincerely for his contributions and service to the association and its members. We also wish him well in this next phase of his professional career and we encourage you to do so as well by contacting him at chrisgreissing@ima-na.org


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Tax Reform/Percentage Depletion Deduction Update

Posted By Mark Ellis, Tuesday, October 31, 2017

With the FY2018 budget resolution recently passed by the House and Senate, tax reform legislating is beginning in earnest.  The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to release its tax reform bill tomorrow, November 1, with committee markup to follow as early as next week.  We still do not know whether the percentage depletion deduction will be in this first draft.  The Senate Finance Committee bill also is expected to be released in early- to mid-November, most likely after the markup of the Ways and Means Committee bill.  The Senate Finance Committee is expected to markup its bill before Thanksgiving.  Here again, with larger issues such as international taxation, full expensing and corporate integration still in play, the fate of smaller, specific tax deductions, like the percentage depletion deduction may not be specifically addressed in the initial House and Senate tax reform bills.  We will continue keep you posted as the details become known.

A detailed update on tax reform and the percentage depletion deduction is attached.


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National Protect Your Hearing Month

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, October 27, 2017

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month and NIOSH has over 30 blog posts available to educate visitors about what is regarded as the Number One occupational health issue . . . noise-induced hearing loss.  Despite government regulations, recommendations, and a large body of occupational health research, everyone seems to struggle with how to convert knowledge to preventive intervention.  NIOSH researchers have focused on narrowing this “know-do” gap by trying to improve communication and dissemination efforts with safety and health professionals and the public through available communication channels and social media.

To learn more, please visit https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2017/10/26/nihl-blogs/, . . . but do it soon.  National Protect Your Hearing Month is almost over.  More importantly, do it because noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable.  What’s really needed is closing the “know-do” gap.


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EU Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive Approved

Posted By Mark Ellis, Thursday, October 26, 2017

Yesterday the European Parliament in plenary session voted 540 votes for to 6 against, with 119 abstentions, to approve a revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive.  Once endorsed by the European Council, the Directive will be published in the EU Official Journal and enter into force 20 days after publication.  After publication, Member States will have two years to transpose the Directive into their national laws.

The Directive sets exposure limits for a further 11 carcinogens in addition to those covered by the existing 2004 Directive, among which is a Binding Occupational Exposure Limit Value for respirable crystalline silica generated by a work process at 0.1 mg/m3.  Article 18a specifies that the European Commission will evaluate the need to modify this limit value as part of the next evaluation of the implementation of the Directive.

Recital 19 of the Directive acknowledges the positive role of the Good Practices of the Social Dialogue “Agreement on Workers’ Health Protection Through the Good Handling and Use of Crystalline Silica and Products Containing It” (known as the NEPSi Agreement) as a valuable and necessary instrument to complement these new regulatory requirements and support their implementation.

The IMA-Europe press release is attached.


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