Counties race to the courthouse to subvert contractor-backed venue law

Any contractor that bids on public-works projects knows all too well that the terms of the awarded contract are nonnegotiable and that the contractor’s bargaining power is virtually nonexistent. In short, public-works contracts are offered on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.
Posted on 04/25/2017

President Trump’s infrastructure plan requires a viable statutory framework

Although we live in a politically-divided nation, there is one issue on which there seems widespread agreement: our country requires a massive upgrade to its infrastructure.
Posted on 04/24/2017

House Democrats propose 20% B&O tax increase, new capital-gains tax

With the state House proposed operating budget approved by that body, eyes are now fixed on legislation needed to fund it. HB 2186 received a “do pass” recommendation from the House Finance Committee April 4 after a public hearing the day prior.
Posted on 04/10/2017

Build schools? Get ready to build more.

The State House and Senate recently released state capital budget proposals, and both invest a record amount -- $1.1 billion – toward school construction.
Posted on 04/10/2017

State Senate, House release competing budget proposals

The Washington Senate's Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) unveiled its "Protecting Washington's Future" budget – a $43 billion spending plan – last week and quickly passed it by a 25-24 vote.
Posted on 03/28/2017

Blacklisting regulation repeal signed into law

AGC of America and its members achieved a major legislative victory yesterday when President Trump signed legislation to repeal of the Blacklisting regulations, which would have implemented President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order.
Posted on 03/28/2017

Ecology offers changes to solid waste handling draft rule

AGC Environment Committee members recently traveled to Olympia to discuss the need for changes to DOE’s proposed solid waste rule with legislators and DOE rule drafters.
Posted on 03/28/2017

AGC’s career awareness proposal advances in Legislature

Nancy Munro, Executive Manager for MidMountain Contractors and Immediate Past President of AGC, testified alongside AGC Executive Vice President David D’Hondt in support of SSB 5713, AGC-backed legislation that creates a matching grant program to fund skilled worker outreach and recruitment efforts for industries, such as construction, that are facing a workforce shortage.
Posted on 03/28/2017

Appeal leads to significant improvements to stormwater permit

Last year the industry group appealed the Department of Ecology’s new construction stormwater general permit, and on March 22 DOE issued the revised permit that includes several changes sought by the industry groups.
Posted on 03/28/2017

Priority-Hire Update

Priority-hire programs are sweeping through our local agencies and, while AGC of Washington has been a stalwart supporter of diversity on the jobsite, we have taken exception to the City of Seattle's approach.
Posted on 03/07/2017

Workers’ Comp Action Alert

Please urge your State Senator to support workers’ comp reform! Senate Bill 5822.
Posted on 02/28/2017

AGC’s Career Awareness Bill

AGC’s Past President Nancy Munro and Executive Vice President David D’Hondt testified before the Senate Higher Education Committee in support of AGC priority legislation that would create a career awareness training.
Posted on 02/28/2017

Paid sick leave: What contractors need to know

Last November, when voters passed Initiative 1433, commonly known as the minimum-wage initiative, they were also approving a provision in I-1433 that requires employers to provide paid sick leave.
Posted on 02/14/2017

AGC and partners push Mike M. Johnson fix

Several AGC members traveled to Olympia to testify in support of legislation to address onerous notice requirements precipitated by the Mike M. Johnson Supreme Court decision.
Posted on 02/14/2017

L&I announces improvements to intent and affidavits reporting and tracking

The Department of Labor and Industries recently announced the launch of new features for the Prevailing Wage Intent & Affidavit (PWIA).
Posted on 02/14/2017

Congress to consider repealing blacklisting & other midnight Obama regulations this week

This week, Congress is considering the repeal of last minute Obama administration regulations, including the Blacklisting regulations. Urge your members of Congress to repeal this and other Obama regulations now.
Posted on 01/31/2017

Sen. Mark Schoesler named Legislator of the Year

AGC of Washington's 2016 Legislator of the Year, Senator Mark Schoesler, is a true leader in Olympia who solves problems and gets things done.
Posted on 01/31/2017

AGC shows support for CTE funding

AGC member Bob Adams, of Guy F. Atkinson Construction, testified recently before the Senate Early Learning K-12 Education Committee in support of funding for CTE (career and technical education) programs in middle and high schools.
Posted on 01/31/2017

AGC to Legislature: Restore infrastructure projects cut in Governor’s budget

As the State Legislature convenes with the issue of education funding as legislators’ top concern, AGC recently reminded policymakers that infrastructure investments should not be ignored.
Posted on 01/17/2017

AGC urges Trump to repeal PLA executive order

AGC of America and others sent a letter urging President-elect Trump’s administration to repeal President Obama’s executive order...
Posted on 01/17/2017

Paid sick leave: What contractors need to know

In November, when voters passed Initiative 1433, commonly known as the minimum wage initiative, they were also approving a provision in I-1433 that requires employers to provide paid sick leave.
Posted on 01/04/2017

Minimum-wage increases took effect Jan. 1

Washington minimum wage employees received a 16 percent raise on the first of the year -- with a few exceptions.
Posted on 01/04/2017

Governor’s budget increases taxes, spending by $8 billion

Gov. Jay Inslee recently unveiled his budget proposal. The headlines were that Inslee proposed raising taxes by $4.4 billion, and while that's substantial, it only reflects part of the taxes.
Posted on 01/04/2017

Conference looks at Seattle's construction history

Call for presentations due by Jan. 15, 2017
Posted on 01/03/2017

Workers’ comp rates going up again in 2017

The average premium for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington will go up 0.7 percent.
Posted on 12/12/2016