2 . Texas edges back above Kentucky as industry advocacy spikes up amid political standoff

3. What the President's executive orders will and won't do for payroll taxes and unemployment benefits
The Hill | August 10, 2020 | by Naomi Jagoda
President Trump over the weekend signed executive orders on payroll taxes, unemployment benefits, student loans and evictions, seeking to take matters into his own hands as negotiations with Democrats over coronavirus relief legislation have stalled.

The White House argues that the executive actions will provide relief to Americans who are struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus recession.

But Democrats have argued that Trump’s orders won’t be effective or sufficient. Many Republicans support the president’s moves, but some conservatives are questioning their legality.

Unanswered questions remain about how exactly the orders would be implemented.

4 . Small business confidence rebounds from all-time low, but Main Street still has a long way to go
CNBC | August 10, 2020 | by Kate Rogers

Small businesses are feeling somewhat more optimistic, adapting operations to the new economic and public health normal as coronavirus cases continue to rise around the county. But even in the face of progress, the worst is far from over for Main Street, which is facing an unprecedented and rocky recovery.

Small business confidence ticked up in the third quarter of the year, to 53 from a record low of 49 in Q2, according to the CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey. Even with the rebound, the confidence reading is the second-lowest score in the survey’s history and eight points off where confidence stood to start the year.

“This is not the V-shaped recovery we were hoping for. Things are certainly better than they were last quarter, but far off their marks from what we had seen earlier this year and last year,” said Laura Wronski, research scientist at SurveyMonkey. “These small businesses are going to have long-lasting effects from this pandemic.”

5 . CVSA's International Roadcheck will take place September 9-11 with focus on driver requirements
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck has been rescheduled for Sept. 9-11.

This year’s enforcement initiative will focus on the driver requirements component of a roadside inspection.

International Roadcheck is a three-day high-volume, high-visibility inspection when CVSA-certified inspectors in North America conduct commercial motor vehicle and driver inspections at weigh or inspection stations, at designated fixed locations or as part of roving mobile patrols. During that time, law enforcement officers will inspect commercial vehicles for compliance with federal regulations as well as use the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria to identify violations.

6. UMA Member Peoria Charter keeps an eye on co-sponsors and uses UMA graphics in post
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7. Operators grateful for DOD work transporting U.S. troops
Bus & Motorcoach News | August 11, 2020 | by Hal Mattern
About the only business many motorcoach operators have these days involves moving military personnel to and from bases, airports and ships. And they really appreciate the military transport business, even if it only lasts a day or two and involves as few as one or two buses.

“Before the pandemic, running two buses wouldn’t have excited us like it does now,” said Tom McCaughey, owner of Flagship Trailways in Rhode Island, referring to the company’s occasional trips transporting National Guard personnel.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Defense revamped its Military Bus Program to include a new application process for gaining DOD certification and reopened the program to new applicants. It was renamed the DOD Bus Program. Operators that already were certified under the program had to reapply using the new application process. 

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