New in 2018: Pay-per-mile pilot study

After several years of study, the Washington State Transportation Commission will test a pay-per-mile tax system called a road usage charge beginning in early 2018. A road usage charge asks drivers to pay for the miles they drive in Washington, rather than by the gallons of gas they use.
Posted on 12/14/2017

AGC of America: Tax-reform plan improved but more help for pass-through entities needed

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued this statement in connection with the Senate tax-reform measure.
Posted on 12/04/2017

Cost of workers’ comp insurance dropping for many in Washington next year

The price of workers’-compensation insurance will go down for many businesses in Washington next year.
Posted on 12/04/2017

AGC forms Acceptable Worksites taskforce

To support the City of Seattle's Priority Hire program and its community workforce goals, Acceptable Worksites contract provisions were included in city-issued contracts to improve apprenticeship graduation rates among women and people of color and ensure appropriate behavior on all city project sites.
Posted on 11/21/2017

L&I planning wage surveys for several trades including truck drivers, site surveyors

The Department of Labor and Industries is planning wage and hour surveys to establish prevailing-wage rates for several trades. The surveys will be carried out over the next 12 months and will be used to establish prevailing-wage rates in all 39 counties.
Posted on 11/01/2017

WSDOT proposes 19% DBE goal on FHA-funded projects

WSDOT is proposing a 19 percent overall DBE participation goal on Federal Highway Administration-funded projects for federal fiscal years 2018 through 2020. WSDOT will submit the proposal to FHWA early next year following a public comment period.
Posted on 11/01/2017

Final sick-leave rule is out: What you need to know

AGC is sponsoring a presentation and webinar by Darren Feider of Sebris Busto to answer all your questions about the new paid sick leave law that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
Posted on 10/23/2017

Update on Port of Seattle’s PLA-enforced priority-hire proposal

Citing problems already apparent in the priority hire ordinances passed by the City of Seattle, Sound Transit and under consideration by King County, AGC raised significant concerns about the Port of Seattle’s proposal.
Posted on 10/23/2017

AGC of Washington honors Sen. Guy Palumbo

Senator Guy Palumbo (D-1) was honored as a “Champion of Construction” by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington on October 12. AGC recognized Palumbo for his work to sponsor and secure passage of legislation to promote workforce training and apprenticeship programs.
Posted on 10/17/2017

L&I cuts retainage release time in half

At the urging of AGC, key legislators pressured L&I to reduce the amount of time the department had been taking to complete its share of the retainage release process.
Posted on 10/10/2017

New disparity study leads to WSDOT’s request to rescind white-women waiver

Based on the results of its recently completed disparity study, WSDOT has asked the Federal Highway Administration to rescind the waiver WSDOT received in 2016 to exclude white woman-owned firms from the race and gender-conscious component of the DBE program.
Posted on 09/26/2017

L&I proposes 2.5% decrease in workers’ comp rates; AGC seeks reforms

The average amount employers pay for workers' compensation insurance in Washington would drop 2.5 percent in 2018 under a proposal from L&I.
Posted on 09/26/2017

Harvey's aftermath will rattle construction supply chain, economists say

Hurricane Harvey’s immediate impact on the construction sector will be a disruption in the supply chain for key materials, along with scheduling problems for projects that were under construction.
Posted on 09/08/2017

No action on capital budget, Hirst fix

Key legislators were recently in Olympia attempting to negotiate an agreement on legislation addressing the Hirst water-rights court decision.
Posted on 08/29/2017

Attorney General’s Office seeks US Supreme Court review in culverts case

The Attorney General’s Office recently filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the “culverts case.”
Posted on 08/28/2017

President Trump’s Executive Order seeks to expedite infrastructure projects

AGC of America reports that President Trump recently issued an Executive Order...
Posted on 08/28/2017

How to handle an environmental inspection

The initial and most critical phase of an environmental enforcement action is the agency inspection of the event or facility.
Posted on 08/01/2017

Apply now for AGC/WSDOT Excellence in Contract Administration awards

The awards, presented annually at the AGC/WSDOT annual meeting, recognize and encourage extraordinary achievements by the contractor/WSDOT partnership responsible for delivering transportation projects in a timely, professional and responsive manner while also considering the needs of others who are affected by the project.
Posted on 07/31/2017

No capital budget, no Hirst fix as Legislature adjourns

After a long session that saw the Legislature reach a hard-fought compromise on the operating budget to address the McCleary decision, policymakers left Olympia last week without passing a 2017-2019 capital budget nor a solution to the water-related Hirst decision.
Posted on 07/24/2017

AGC secures legislators’ help to speed up retainage release

At the request of AGC, key legislators are pursuing faster release of retainage on public works projects. House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee Chair Mike Sells and Ranking Minority Member Matt Manweller as well as Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee Chair Michael Baumgartner are pressing the Department of Labor and Industries to dramatically speed-up the time it takes to release retainage.
Posted on 07/17/2017

Contact your legislators today and urge them to pass the Capital Budget now!

The State Legislature has passed the operating budget -- but not the capital budget, which funds a multitude of construction projects.
Posted on 07/14/2017

Acceptable worksites: new City of Seattle specification provisions now in effect

The City of Seattle’s City Purchasing & Contracting Services recently revised its General Special Provisions for City construction contracts to add new “Acceptable Worksite” language.
Posted on 07/11/2017

No capital gains, B&O tax increase in new state budget

Just barely avoiding a government shutdown, the Legislature on June 30 passed the $44 billion 2017-2019 state operating budget.
Posted on 07/11/2017

Legislature passes compromise paid family-leave bill

The Legislature passed and Governor signed a compromise family leave bill that included significant elements sought by the business community.
Posted on 07/10/2017

Don’t work apprentices out of scope, reminds L&I and WSDOT

In a recent memo to contractors, WSDOT and L&I reminded contractors that they are not permitted to work an apprentice outside of their approved scope of work and that they could be prohibited from bidding should they do so.
Posted on 07/10/2017