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Download as PDF 26740 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 111 / Friday, June 8, 2018 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 10429] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: JADE Act Questionnaire Notice of request for public comment. ACTION: The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB. DATES: The Department will accept comments from the public up to August 7, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Web: Persons with access to the internet may comment on this notice by going to www.Regulations.gov. You can search for the document by entering ‘‘Docket Number: DOS–2018–0018’’ in the Search field. 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Methodology Visa applicants from Burma will fill out and submit the supplemental form and provide it to consular officers. Consular officers will use the form to screen for potential visa ineligibility under the JADE Act. Edward J Ramotowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2018–12333 Filed 6–7–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–06–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. EP 682 (Sub-No. 9)] 2017 Tax Information for Use in the Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method Surface Transportation Board. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Board is publishing, and providing the public an opportunity to comment on, the 2017 weighted average state tax rates for each Class I railroad, as calculated by the Association of American Railroads (AAR), for use in the Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method (RSAM). DATES: Comments are due by July 9, 2018. If any comment opposing AAR’s calculation is filed, AAR’s reply will be due by July 30, 2018. If no comments are filed by the due date, AAR’s calculation of the 2017 weighted average state tax rates will be automatically adopted by the Board, effective July 10, 2018. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either via the Board’s e-filing format or in traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing should attach a document and otherwise comply with the instructions at the E-FILING link on the Board’s website at http:// www.stb.gov. Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should send an original and 10 copies referring to Docket No. EP 682 (Sub-No. 9) to: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423– 0001. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Fancher, (202) 245–0355. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The RSAM figure is one of three benchmarks that together are used to determine the reasonableness of a challenged rate under the Board’s Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases, EP 646 (Sub-No. 1), slip op. at 10 (STB served Sept. 5, 2007),1 as further revised in Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases—Taxes in Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method, EP 646 (Sub-No. 2) (STB served Nov. 21, 2008). RSAM is intended to measure the average markup that the railroad would need to collect from all of its ‘‘potentially captive traffic’’ (traffic with a revenue-to-variable-cost ratio above 180%) to earn adequate revenues as measured by the Board under 49 U.S.C. 10704(a)(2) (i.e., earn a return on investment equal to the railroad industry cost of capital). Simplified Standards—Taxes in RSAM, slip op. at 1. In Simplified Standards—Taxes in RSAM, slip op. at 3, 5, the Board modified its RSAM formula to account for taxes, as the prior formula 1 Aff’d sub nom. CSX Transp., Inc. v. STB, 568 F.3d 236 (D.C. Cir. 2009), and vacated in part on reh’g, CSX Transp., Inc. v. STB, 584 F.3d 1076 (D.C. Cir. 2009). E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 26741 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 111 / Friday, June 8, 2018 / Notices mistakenly compared pre-tax and aftertax revenues. In that decision, the Board stated that it would institute a separate proceeding in which Class I railroads would be required to submit the annual tax information necessary for the Board’s annual RSAM calculation. Id. at 5–6. In Annual Submission of Tax Information for Use in the Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method, EP 682 (STB served Feb. 26, 2010), the Board adopted rules to require AAR—a national trade association—to annually calculate and submit to the Board the weighted average state tax rate for each Class I railroad. See 49 CFR 1135.2(a). On May 29, 2018, AAR filed its calculation of the weighted average state tax rates for 2017, listed below for each Class I railroad: WEIGHTED AVERAGE STATE TAX RATES [In percent] 2017 (%) Railroad BNSF Railway Company ............................................................................................................. CSX Transportation, Inc .............................................................................................................. Grand Trunk Corporation ............................................................................................................. The Kansas City Southern Railway ............................................................................................. Norfolk Southern Combined ........................................................................................................ Soo Line Corporation ................................................................................................................... Union Pacific Railroad Company ................................................................................................. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Any party wishing to comment on AAR’s calculation of the 2017 weighted average state tax rates should file a comment by July 9, 2018. See 49 CFR 1135.2(c). If any comments opposing AAR’s calculations are filed, AAR’s reply will be due by July 30, 2018. Id. If any comments are filed, the Board will review AAR’s submission, together with the comments, and serve a decision within 60 days of the close of the record that either accepts, rejects, or modifies AAR’s railroad-specific tax information. Id. If no comments are filed by July 9, 2018, AAR’s submitted weighted average state tax rates will be automatically adopted by the Board, effective July 10, 2018. Id. Alaska. Those actions grant approvals for the project. DATES: By this notice, FHWA is advising the public of final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l). 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You may also Clearance Clerk. contact Kelly Summers, P.E., Project [FR Doc. 2018–12349 Filed 6–7–18; 8:45 am] Manager, Alaska Department of BILLING CODE 4915–01–P Transportation and Public Facilities, Central Region, P.O. Box 196900, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Anchorage, AK 99519–6900, telephone (907) 465–0542; email: Kelly.Summers@ alaska.gov. The DOT&PF Central Federal Highway Administration Region’s normal business hours are 8:00 Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Alaska Time), on Sterling Highway Milepost 45 to 60 Monday through Friday, except State Project in Alaska and Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is AGENCY: Federal Highway hereby given that FHWA has taken final Administration (FHWA), DOT. agency action subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l) ACTION: Notice of limitation of claims for judicial review of actions by FHWA and by issuing approvals for the Sterling Highway Milepost 45 to 60 Project in other Federal agencies. the State of Alaska, project number F– SUMMARY: This notice announces actions 021–2(15)/53014. The selected route is the Juneau Creek Alternative. The route taken by FWHA that are final. The passes north of the community of actions relate to the proposed Sterling Cooper Landing and remains north of Highway Milepost 45–60 Project in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the State of the Kenai River throughout. From VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Jun 07, 2018 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5.289 5.628 7.961 5.409 6.194 8.134 5.666 2016 (%) 5.288 5.160 7.761 5.447 5.410 8.071 5.636 % Change 0.001 0.468 0.200 ¥0.038 0.784 0.063 0.030 Quartz Creek Road near MP 45, the alternative will result in reconstruction of the existing Sterling Highway for approximately two miles, will diverge and will result in a newly constructed highway for approximately 10 miles (with a new bridge over Juneau Creek Canyon), and will join and reconstruct the existing alignment again for approximately 2.5 miles to an intersection with Skilak Loop Rd. near MP 58. The actions by the Federal agencies, and the law under which such actions were taken, are described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Final Section 4(f) Evaluation (Final EIS) for the project, approved March 7, 2018, and in the FHWA Record of Decision (ROD) issued on May 31, 2018. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 111 (Friday, June 8, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 26740-26741]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-12349]


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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. EP 682 (Sub-No. 9)]


2017 Tax Information for Use in the Revenue Shortfall Allocation 
Method

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Board is publishing, and providing the public an 
opportunity to comment on, the 2017 weighted average state tax rates 
for each Class I railroad, as calculated by the Association of American 
Railroads (AAR), for use in the Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method 
(RSAM).

DATES: Comments are due by July 9, 2018. If any comment opposing AAR's 
calculation is filed, AAR's reply will be due by July 30, 2018. If no 
comments are filed by the due date, AAR's calculation of the 2017 
weighted average state tax rates will be automatically adopted by the 
Board, effective July 10, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either via the Board's e-filing 
format or in traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing should 
attach a document and otherwise comply with the instructions at the E-
FILING link on the Board's website at http://www.stb.gov. Any person 
submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should send an 
original and 10 copies referring to Docket No. EP 682 (Sub-No. 9) to: 
Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423-
0001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Fancher, (202) 245-0355. 
Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The RSAM figure is one of three benchmarks 
that together are used to determine the reasonableness of a challenged 
rate under the Board's Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases, EP 646 
(Sub-No. 1), slip op. at 10 (STB served Sept. 5, 2007),\1\ as further 
revised in Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases--Taxes in Revenue 
Shortfall Allocation Method, EP 646 (Sub-No. 2) (STB served Nov. 21, 
2008). RSAM is intended to measure the average markup that the railroad 
would need to collect from all of its ``potentially captive traffic'' 
(traffic with a revenue-to-variable-cost ratio above 180%) to earn 
adequate revenues as measured by the Board under 49 U.S.C. 10704(a)(2) 
(i.e., earn a return on investment equal to the railroad industry cost 
of capital). Simplified Standards--Taxes in RSAM, slip op. at 1. In 
Simplified Standards--Taxes in RSAM, slip op. at 3, 5, the Board 
modified its RSAM formula to account for taxes, as the prior formula

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mistakenly compared pre-tax and after-tax revenues. In that decision, 
the Board stated that it would institute a separate proceeding in which 
Class I railroads would be required to submit the annual tax 
information necessary for the Board's annual RSAM calculation. Id. at 
5-6.
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    \1\ Aff'd sub nom. CSX Transp., Inc. v. STB, 568 F.3d 236 (D.C. 
Cir. 2009), and vacated in part on reh'g, CSX Transp., Inc. v. STB, 
584 F.3d 1076 (D.C. Cir. 2009).
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    In Annual Submission of Tax Information for Use in the Revenue 
Shortfall Allocation Method, EP 682 (STB served Feb. 26, 2010), the 
Board adopted rules to require AAR--a national trade association--to 
annually calculate and submit to the Board the weighted average state 
tax rate for each Class I railroad. See 49 CFR 1135.2(a). On May 29, 
2018, AAR filed its calculation of the weighted average state tax rates 
for 2017, listed below for each Class I railroad:

                                        Weighted Average State Tax Rates
                                                  [In percent]
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                            Railroad                                 2017 (%)        2016 (%)        % Change
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BNSF Railway Company............................................           5.289           5.288           0.001
CSX Transportation, Inc.........................................           5.628           5.160           0.468
Grand Trunk Corporation.........................................           7.961           7.761           0.200
The Kansas City Southern Railway................................           5.409           5.447          -0.038
Norfolk Southern Combined.......................................           6.194           5.410           0.784
Soo Line Corporation............................................           8.134           8.071           0.063
Union Pacific Railroad Company..................................           5.666           5.636           0.030
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    Any party wishing to comment on AAR's calculation of the 2017 
weighted average state tax rates should file a comment by July 9, 2018. 
See 49 CFR 1135.2(c). If any comments opposing AAR's calculations are 
filed, AAR's reply will be due by July 30, 2018. Id. If any comments 
are filed, the Board will review AAR's submission, together with the 
comments, and serve a decision within 60 days of the close of the 
record that either accepts, rejects, or modifies AAR's railroad-
specific tax information. Id. If no comments are filed by July 9, 2018, 
AAR's submitted weighted average state tax rates will be automatically 
adopted by the Board, effective July 10, 2018. Id.

    Decided: June 4, 2018.

    By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Brendetta Jones,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2018-12349 Filed 6-7-18; 8:45 am]
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