August 2015


New road-side cameras and embedded sensors are taking the place of truck inspection stations along interstates in Arizona according to local press reports. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) the cameras are being placed along the Interstate on towers between Casa Grande Valley and Phoenix to monitor big rigs for

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Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León Racial and economic inequality may be key issues facing America today, but the steps often pushed by progressives, including minority politicians, seem more likely to exacerbate these divisions than repair them. In a broad arc of policies affecting everything from housing to employment,

This startling conclusion came from an April 15, 2015 editorial by Richard Charles Horton, the editor-in-chief of The Lancet, the one of the world’s leading medical/scientific journals. Horton’s editorial is in the spirit of the publication’s founder. When Thomas Wakley founded The Lancet in 1823, he announced: “A lancet can

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The Western States Trucking Association (WSTA) name went up on our headquarters building the week of August 10th. Along with changing the name of the magazine this month to Western Transportation News, rebranding efforts approved by the Board are underway. New website address:

Oakland, CA July 29, 2015 – The WCIRB has released its 2015 Report on the State of the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance System (Report). The Report summarizes the cost of California workers’ compensation insurance based on premiums paid by insured employers, shows how premium dollars are distributed among various system components, and

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1. CA’s gas taxes are the 4th highest in the nation According to the American Petroleum Institute, California’s 61-cent-per-gallon gas taxes are the 4th highest in the nation, behind only Pennsylvania, New York and Hawaii. This does not include the recent addition of extra cap-and-trade taxes resulting from bringing fossil fuels under California’s AB 32 law. 2.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Celadon Trucking Services, Inc., a trucking company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, has agreed in a  consent decree to pay $200,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced early August

The “Sustainable Freight Strategy” that had begun under the aegis of the California Air Resources Board has now spread like a virus to a half-dozen state agencies and departments. Leaders from several state government agencies have joined the California Freight Advisory Committee following a July meeting, where they agreed to

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DOL Issues New Guidance on ‘Misclassification of Workers’ The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued new “interpretations” of the classification of independent contractors. Issued July 15th, new document carries the full boat federal legalese title: The Application of the Fair Labor Standards

American Road & Transportation Builders Association and 11 other industry associations July 2, 2015 sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), alleging the agency disregarded important administrative law requirements and exceeded its jurisdiction when it released a rule defining “waters of the United States.”