Max Heine

Following the billions

| March 02, 2009

  You’ve heard reports about the diverse types of projects that the federal bailouts are funding, in some cases how few jobs they will create, and how some of the expenditures are scheduled to take place ...

For the newly jobless, driving never looked so good

| February 27, 2009

Recent trucking news has reported the reversal of the driver shortage, which had appeared to be, as Jesus said of the poor, with us forever. Friday’s Wall Street Journal highlights how the competition for drivers ...

When boxcars come to stay

| February 24, 2009

Railroads were advertising a lot during last year’s period of rising fuel prices, touting their good cost-per-mile for moving a ton of commodities. Lest you think the super-heavy-duty engines are stealing your livelihood, consider this ...

Some stimulus trickle-down for trucking

| February 18, 2009

The $787 billion economic stimulus doesn’t offer much for leased operators other than hopes of better roads and, with federal aid to banks, easier credit. Some tax provisions, though, can benefit carriers, including small owner-operator independents, ...

Caterpillar jobs: Two accounts

| February 16, 2009

In case you missed the news from last week’s foulup about Caterpillar and the economic recovery plan, you can see and hear the remarks yourself. President Obama, visiting Caterpillar in Peoria, Ill., claimed Cat CEO Jim ...

For retail sales, a tiny reversal

| February 13, 2009

The latest bit of bright news is Friday’s report that retail sales rose 1 percent in January over December. The Wall Street Journal says economists attribute the blip – following six consecutive months of falling ...

Chapter 11 for Sirius XM?

| February 11, 2009

  The graph of Sirius XM Radio stock looks like a runaway truck descending a mean mountain pass. News reports today speculate the escape ramp might take the form of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.   CNN.Money.com reported ...

Next on Obama’s plate: Mexico

| February 09, 2009

President Obama has made much of reversing his predecessor’s decisions, and the next big enchilada could be cross-border trucking. News reports indicate the pilot program with Mexico is part of the Department of Transportation's appropriations ...

Max Heine

Max Heine is editorial director of Overdrive and writes regularly for the Overdrive Extra blog. A CDL holder, he joined Overdrive in 1998 after more than two decades of newspaper work. You can reach him at mheine@randallreilly.com or 205-248-1038.

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