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  • Thu, November 15, 2018 6:32 AM | Kristin Shenk
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
            Change from
      10/29/18 11/05/18 11/12/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.355 3.338 3.317   values are down -0.021 values are up 0.402
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.346 3.329 3.314   values are down -0.015 values are up 0.430
    New England (PADD1A) 3.365 3.362 3.356   values are down -0.006 values are up 0.506
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.523 3.498 3.483   values are down -0.015 values are up 0.465
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.217 3.205 3.187   values are down -0.018 values are up 0.392
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.310 3.286 3.262   values are down -0.024 values are up 0.378
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.117 3.106 3.085   values are down -0.021 values are up 0.388
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.405 3.398 3.378   values are down -0.020 values are up 0.386
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.848 3.833 3.807   values are down -0.026 values are up 0.417
    West Coast less California 3.564 3.538 3.514   values are down -0.024 values are up 0.394
    California 4.074 4.068 4.040   values are down -0.028 values are up 0.430
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, November 15, 2018 6:24 AM | Kristin Shenk

    Animal Issues Legislative Update

    There are new items on the Pending Legislation chart for your reference, including some new bills in Virginia that have been pre-filed for the 2019 legislative session.

    To follow up on the news I sent you earlier this week regarding the city of Bridgeport ban on wild and exotic animals in performances and traveling exhibitions, I obtained a copy of the final ordinance from the City Clerk today (see attached). The public hearing notice was published on Friday Nov. 2, for a Committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 5. The full City Council met immediately after the Committee meeting on Monday, and the ordinance was included on the Council agenda for a vote. The ordinance has been sent to the Mayor for signature. The timing and short notice of the public hearing certainly helped with passing the ordinance -- with the hearing being announced on a Friday, and with all the distractions of the election on Tuesday, I'm sure supporters of the ordinance were trying to make sure no one from the industry would reach out to City Council members before the vote was held on Monday. [read more]


  • Thu, November 08, 2018 5:25 PM | Kristin Shenk



    GEDDES, N.Y. (AP) - The new Exposition Center at the New York State Fair will be hosting the first drone racing competition ever held in upstate New York.
    State officials say the Empire Drone Expo and Racing Competition will be held Nov. 17-18 at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes.
    The event will feature a micro-drone race, drone pilot training classes and exhibits highlighting upstate drone technology companies.
    Local groups including Finger Lakes Drone Racing are organizing the event. Admission is free. [read more]



  • Thu, November 08, 2018 3:53 PM | Kristin Shenk

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)

     

     

     

     

     

    Change from

     

    10/22/18

    10/29/18

    11/05/18

     

    week ago

    year ago

    U.S.

    3.380

    3.355

    3.338

     

    values are down -0.017

    values are up 0.456

    East Coast (PADD1)

    3.369

    3.346

    3.329

     

    values are down -0.017

    values are up 0.481

    New England (PADD1A)

    3.368

    3.365

    3.362

     

    values are down -0.003

    values are up 0.550

    Central Atlantic (PADD1B)

    3.533

    3.523

    3.498

     

    values are down -0.025

    values are up 0.523

    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C)

    3.254

    3.217

    3.205

     

    values are down -0.012

    values are up 0.441

    Midwest (PADD2)

    3.333

    3.310

    3.286

     

    values are down -0.024

    values are up 0.425

    Gulf Coast (PADD3)

    3.152

    3.117

    3.106

     

    values are down -0.011

    values are up 0.438

    Rocky Mountain (PADD4)

    3.408

    3.405

    3.398

     

    values are down -0.007

    values are up 0.433

    West Coast (PADD5)

    3.871

    3.848

    3.833

     

    values are down -0.015

    values are up 0.501

    West Coast less California

    3.587

    3.564

    3.538

     

    values are down -0.026

    values are up 0.463

    California

    4.096

    4.074

    4.068

     

    values are down -0.006

    values are up 0.527

    Information from www.eia.org
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, November 08, 2018 3:47 PM | Kristin Shenk

    Animal Issues Legislative Update [read more]

  • Thu, November 08, 2018 3:30 PM | Kristin Shenk

    On The Earie    
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    I received a reminder from Father John Vakulskas, The Carny Priest, that he will be celebrating Mass at the International Association of Fairs & Exhibitions Convention in Room 221 A of the San Antonio Convention Center on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m., and again on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. [read more]


  • Thu, November 01, 2018 5:32 PM | Kristin Shenk


    Requested Action:
     Please call your Representative and ask him or her to sign onto the attached H-2B letter that is currently being circulated by Reps (below). Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA).  You can reach your Representative through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to your lawmaker’s office, ask to speak to the staff person who deals with H-2B visa issues. Explain to the staff person the importance of H-2B cap relief to your business and ask him or her to encourage your Representative to sign the Bergman-Keating letter. The deadline for signatures is October 31.
     Background:
     Both the House and Senate are on recess until November 13.  When Congress returns for a “lame duck” session it will focus on wrapping up the outstanding fiscal 2019 federal spending bills, including a funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Department is currently funded by a continuing resolution through December 7.
     
    The fiscal 2019 DHS appropriations bill or a omnibus appropriations package provides the only real opportunity to pass H-2B cap relief before the end of the calendar year. We need your help to ensure that meaningful H-2B cap relief is included in the final measure.
     
    Reps. Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA) are circulating the attached letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA) urging them to include the H-2B cap relief in the fiscal 2019 House Appropriations Committee-passed DHS appropriations bill in a final spending bill that will be negotiated with the Senate during the lame duck session.  Please call your representative today and ask him or her to sign this important letter.
     
    As you know, the DHS funding bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee in July would exempt returning workers from the annual H-2B visa cap, reallocate the capped 66,000 visas on a quarterly basis to ensure that employers with late seasons are not shut out of the program and allow for visas to be appropriated on a proportional basis to ensure that all qualifying employers receive at least a percentage of needed H-2B workers.   The Berman-Keating letter urges House leaders to fight to retain that language in a final spending bill. While a final agreement on cap relief may not look like the House DHS language, it is important for Members to sign this letter and show their support for meaningful and lasting cap relief.
    The following Representatives have signed the letter as of this morning:

    Copy of letter [here]

    •    Bergman
    • ·   Keating
    • ·   Bill Johnson
    • ·   Garret Graves
    • ·   Pingree
    • ·   Randy Hultgren
    • ·   John J. Faso
    • ·   Andy Harris, M.D.
    • ·   Mike Bishop
    • ·   Barbara Comstock
    • ·   Filemon Vela
    • ·   Billy Long
    • ·  Jaime Herrera Beutler
    • ·  Mike Coffman
    • ·  Diana DeGette
    • ·  Ann McLane Kuster
    • ·  Ted Yoho
    • ·  Rob Wittman
    • ·  Scott Tipton
    • ·  Leonard Lance
    • ·  Bob Gibbs
    • ·  David P. Joyce
    • ·  David B. McKinley, P.E.
    • ·  Ken Buck
    • ·  Doug Lamborn
    • ·  Don Young
    • ·  Tim Walberg
    • ·  Andy Barr
    • ·  Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
    • ·  Steve Stivers
    • ·  Clay Higgins
    • ·  Mark Sanford
    • ·  Warren Davidson
    • ·  Carol Shea-Porter
    • ·  Paul Mitchell
    • ·   Suzanne Bonamici
     --
    Regards,
    Your H-2B Workforce Coalition Co-Chairs
    Laurie Flanagan, representing AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals
    Brian Crawford, American Hotel and Lodging Association
    Gregg Hartley, representing the Outdoor Amusement Business Association


  • Thu, November 01, 2018 5:02 PM | Kristin Shenk


    When asked how the 2018 Oklahoma State Fair went, J. Scott Munz, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations paraphrased Dickens. [read more]

  • Thu, November 01, 2018 1:06 PM | Kristin Shenk

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  (dollars per gallon)


         

     


    Change from


    10/15/18

    10/22/18

    10/29/18

     

    week ago

    year ago

    U.S.

    3.394

    3.380

    3.355

     

    values are down -0.025

    values are up 0.536

    East Coast (PADD1)

    3.382

    3.369

    3.346

     

    values are down -0.023

    values are up 0.535

    New England (PADD1A)

    3.361

    3.368

    3.365

     

    values are down -0.003

    values are up 0.595

    Central Atlantic (PADD1B)

    3.544

    3.533

    3.523

     

    values are down -0.010

    values are up 0.585

    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C)

    3.272

    3.254

    3.217

     

    values are down -0.037

    values are up 0.488

    Midwest (PADD2)

    3.351

    3.333

    3.310

     

    values are down -0.023

    values are up 0.500

    Gulf Coast (PADD3)

    3.172

    3.152

    3.117

     

    values are down -0.035

    values are up 0.478

    Rocky Mountain (PADD4)

    3.400

    3.408

    3.405

     

    values are down -0.003

    values are up 0.462

    West Coast (PADD5)

    3.880

    3.871

    3.848

     

    values are down -0.023

    values are up 0.737

    West Coast less California

    3.591

    3.587

    3.564

     

    values are down -0.023

    values are up 0.544

    California

    4.109

    4.096

    4.074

     

    values are down -0.022

    values are up 0.889

    *prices include all taxes

    Information form www.eia.org

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