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PRE-REGISTRATION FOR 2014 WPMA CONVENTION CLOSES JANUARY 31ST
Take the time to pre-register now for the 2014 WPMA convention. Pre-registration closes on Friday, January 31st. To register go to www.wpma.com/national-convention/attendee .
LAST CALL FOR SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS!
Each May, the WPMA Scholarship Foundation awards $32,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are the children of WPMA member and associate member employees. Income from the WPMA Convention Silent Auction funds a large portion of these scholarship awards. Please support our 2014 scholarship recipients by donating an item to the 2014 Silent Auction!
Auction items can include: Tickets to sporting events, overnight stays in condos or hotels, decorator items, sports equipment, logo clothing, jewelry, accessories, tools, collectibles, or any other item that you would care to donate.
To donate an item to the Scholarship Silent Auction, download the auction donation form at: http://www.wpma.com/pdf/scholarship/SA14-DonationFrm0624w.pdf , and e-mail the completed form to Kathy Michaelis at email@example.com.
SURVEY ON RFS AND BLENDER PUMPS
PMAA is continually working hard on the RFS Mandate and the concerns related to Ethanol Mandates and the Blend Wall. During a recent meeting attended by Mike Rud, President, North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association, Vern Kelley, Owner, Kelley Fuels, Shakopee, MN, Matt Bjornson, President, Bjornson Oil Company, Cavalier, ND, and Mark Morgan, PMAA Regulatory Counsel, EPA emphasized that waiving the statutory RFS ethanol mandate remains extremely political. Ethanol producers and corn growers are pressuring lawmakers to urge EPA to maintain statutory volumes in 2014 with escalations going forward to reach 36 billion gallons in 2022. If EPA does not lower the Congressionally mandated volumes, the ethanol blendwall will be breached which will likely result in skyrocketing RIN prices and a badly distorted gasoline marketplace. EPA specifically asked our marketers who have retail blender pumps to provide any available data concerning retailers marketing higher ethanol blends.
Please take a moment to go to the survey link below and fill it out to the best of your knowledge. All information will be kept confidential. It will then be consolidated and presented back to EPA as soon as possible.
HOUSE PASSES FARM BILL CONFERENCE REPORT
SNAP Provision Concerning Retailers Included
On Wednesday, the House passed the farm bill conference report, H.R. 2662, by a bipartisan vote of 251 to 166, which will now be considered by the Senate early next week. Pending any setbacks, it is expected the Senate has the necessary 60 votes to pass the conference report. The conference report cuts the federal deficit by $16.6 billion over ten years and contains a provision relating to convenience stores and their ability to accept SNAP benefits.
The finalized conference report will require retailers to offer for sale on a continuous basis a variety of at least seven foods in each of the four categories (1. dairy products; 2. meat, poultry, or fish; 3. fruits or vegetables; 4. bread or cereals) (Current law requires only three items in each category.) It also requires SNAP retailers to stock at least one "perishable" food item in at least three of the four staple food categories. (Current law requires perishable items in only two of the staple food categories.) Finally, the conference report requires the use of point of sale equipment (scanning or item look up systems) that enforces item restrictions.
The conference report represents a significant change from the Senate Farm Bill language which would essentially limit retailers from accepting SNAP benefits. A targeted grassroots campaign by PMAA and like-minded associations effectively opposed the Senate SNAP provision.
The Obama Administration has indicated that the President will sign the Farm Bill Conference Report.
EXPORT CRUDE? FIRST HEARING IN 25 YEARS
Yesterday the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held the first hearing in 25 years on the federal government's prohibition on exporting domestically produced oil. During the hearing Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) promised to keep impacts on American employers, consumers and families at the forefront of discussion about exporting crude oil.
Hearing witnesses were: Harold Hamm, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Continental Resources, Inc.; Graeme Burnett, Senior Vice President, Fuel Optimization, Delta Air Lines; Amy Myers Jaffe, Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability, Graduate School of Management, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, CA; and Daniel Weiss, Senior Fellow, Director of Climate Strategy, Center for American Progress.
The U.S. has restricted exports of crude oil since the Arab oil embargo of 1973. Chairman Wyden has not taken a position on whether the U.S. should expand exports of crude oil and holding this hearing was a step to examine the issue. "American families and American businesses deserve to know what exports would mean for their specific needs when they fill up at the pump, or get their delivery of heating oil," Wyden said.
Committee Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reiterated her call for the Obama administration to end the prohibition against exporting crude oil produced in the U,.S. to spur job creation and increase the nation's energy security. "We should send a powerful signal to the world that the United States is ready to reassert its role as a leader on energy," Murkowski said.
According to Murkowski, the administration has the authority to lift the export ban without congressional action. The Commerce Department can authorize a swap if domestic crude cannot be marketed in the U.S., and the president can also issue a national interest determination.
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2014 WPMA CONVENTION & CONVENIENCE STORE EXPO LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Register now to attend the 2014 WPMA Convention and Convenience Store Expo. It will be held at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mark your calendars for February 18-20, 2014.
Register at: http://www.wpma.com/national-convention
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2013 AND 2014
May 8-9, 2014 - NPM&CSA Big Dogs event - Red Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada
June 3-5, 2014 - MPMCSA Convention - Hilton Garden Inn - Missoula, Montana
June 16-19, 2014 - WOMA Convention - Suncadia Lodge - Cle Elum, Washington
August 6-8, 2014 - IPM&CSA Convention - Coeur d'Alene Resort - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
August 19-20, 2014 - NMPMA Convention - Marriott Pyramid North - Albuquerque, New Mexico
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WPMA MEMBER SERVICES
Great opportunity for someone to join the team at Kellerstrass Enterprises in our Salt Lake City office. Looking for someone to assist the office manager in taking care of the daily operational needs. This person would need to be able to input orders into our accounting system. Answer phones with a pleasant attitude and take care of customers as they walk into the facility. Understanding of the billing process would be helpful. Knowledge of the oil and gas industry a plus.
A self-starter, energetic individual that can meet company deadlines and multi task through the day. Able to work in a warehouse environment. Knowledge of excel and ability to sit and work on a computer. Medical, Dental Insurance, 401 K when eligible and Personal Time Off benefits included.
If interested, please fax a resume or email to:
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Private Investigative Services
A licensed private investigator since 2005, I have over 24 years of investigative experience, with 15 1/2 years in law enforcement, investigating cases ranging from missing persons to homicide. I have experience investigating high profile cases, and have received several accolades and awards for my investigative work, including a nomination for "Top Cop in Nevada."
I have worked a variety of cases, including background checks, family court cases, Class Action lawsuits, locating people, asset searches, defense investigations, sexual harassment lawsuits, and hostile work environment lawsuits. I am qualified and have testified as an expert witness in child abuse and sex-related crimes investigations in federal, district, family and justice courts. I would be useful regarding corporate investigations; including but not limited to employee theft, misconduct, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, finding people, evidence identification/collection, forensic interviewing, asset investigations, and background checks.
For more information or to request my resume, please contact:
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