Agreements reached with four crafts

AGC negotiating teams have reached agreements with the Cement Masons Laborers Carpenters and Teamsters unions. As of this writing the Operating Engineers are still in discussions with the AGC negotiating committee. In the four completed agreements each craft agreed to a three-year term effective...
Posted on 06/01/2015

Current-law transportation budget funds 520, tunnel, preservation

It’s not the $15 billion comprehensive transportation funding package that AGC is pushing for but the Legislature recently passed the 2015-1017 “current law” budget which will fund a few projects insert some money into preservation and maintenance and prevent a shutdown of existing projects once ...
Posted on 06/01/2015

Bertha: Contractor prevails on differing site-conditions issue – now what?

By John AhlersEarly this month the three-member Board appointed by WSDOT and Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) to assist in resolving contractual disputes on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project issued its latest recommendation. The question before the Board was narrow in scope: was an eight-i...
Posted on 05/28/2015

U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene talks transportation, pension reform with AGC contractors

Discussing a wide range of topics including federal transportation funding multiemployer pension plan reform and project labor agreements U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene recently visited with AGC members and staff in Bothell including Paul Mayo (Flatiron) Geoff Owen (Kiewit) Jake Jacobson (Osbo...
Posted on 05/28/2015

Get to know your Legislators with AGC's help!

Rep. Vince Buys visited Tiger Construction in Ferndale recently to observe the activities and complexities of a bid day. Tiger president Scott Isenhart invited Rep. Buys to provide greater context to the policy decisions the three-term legislator makes as a member of the House Capital Budget Comm...
Posted on 05/27/2015

City of Seattle signs priority-hire PLA for projects $5M or more

The City of Seattle recently signed a community work force agreement (CWA) with the construction-trades unions as the mechanism to implement the requirements of its priority-hire ordinance approved by the Council and signed by the mayor in January. The objective of the priority-hire ordinance is ...
Posted on 05/12/2015

AGC supports designation of gravel resources in friend-of-court brief

John P. Ahlers & Lindsay Taft Ahlers & Cressman PLLCConstruction is an aggregate-dependent industry. Sand gravel and crushed rock are the raw materials (aggregates) necessary to manufacture concrete asphalt road bed and utility bedding vital to the infrastructure growth of the Puget Sound...
Posted on 05/11/2015

Concrete recycling, voc rehab, permits for bridges among bills signed into law

The Legislature might be in a special session to deal with the big budget issues but that hasn’t prevented a flurry of bills affecting the construction industry from being passed and signed into law. Below are some of them; contact AGC’s Chief Lobbyist Jerry VanderWood 360.352.5000 if you have qu...
Posted on 05/04/2015

More from DOR on construction-related janitorial services and sales taxes

AGC has been working with the Department of Revenue regarding the application of sales tax rules for construction-related janitorial services. There is much confusion surrounding the issue because different rules apply to custom vs. speculative construction. The Department provided the informatio...
Posted on 04/17/2015

Legislators take another crack at capital gains tax

Called a “real solid option” by Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson (D-34) a capital-gains tax proposal is contained in two bills and was the subject of a hearing yesterday. AGC is opposing the measures and AGC members who intend to sell their business someday should take note as that is the s...
Posted on 04/17/2015

Legislation gives school construction a boost

School construction will be getting a boost as the Legislature deals with initiative 1351 which passed last year and requires the state to reduce class sizes throughout the State. Although both Republican leaders in the Senate and Democrat leaders in the House agree that the Legislature will mod...
Posted on 04/17/2015

House committee passes transportation package

In another major step for a comprehensive transportation funding package the House Transportation Committee passed out funding bills that money-wise are similar to the package passed by the full state Senate. Thanks to the many AGC members who contacted committee members in the days before the vo...
Posted on 04/17/2015

Petition urges passing of a comprehensive transportation package

Help Keep Washington Rolling -- join us in urging Governor Inslee and the Washington State Legislature to pass a comprehensive statewide transportation package this legislative session. Our economy can’t wait any longer. We have large infrastructure needs all around the state and making necessary...
Posted on 04/15/2015

Finding business-friendly programs is as easy as E-S-D

Chad Pearson Shared-Work Marketing ManagerThe Employment Security Department (ESD) isn’t just “the unemployment office” anymore. A full suite of business programs is available to help employers be successful. Find your next employee of the month through our partnership with WorkSource.   Dia...
Posted on 04/06/2015

House Democrats' budget features new capital gains tax

The House Democrats released their 2015-17 budget proposal last week with more revenue specifics than many had anticipated. House leaders said their $38.8 billion spending plan a nearly 13-percent increase over the last two-year budget would meet key requirements of the state Supreme Court’s McCl...
Posted on 03/30/2015

AGC's BUILD PAC honors Senator Ann Rivers with 2015 Legislator of the Year award

During AGC’s recent Lobby Day in Olympia AGC Second Vice President Jake Jacobson (Osborne Construction) and Chief Lobbyist Jerry VanderWood paid a visit to Senator Ann Rivers to present her with AGC’s BUILD PAC 2015 Legislator of the Year award.  Sen. Rivers was previously announced as the recip...
Posted on 03/30/2015

Contractors visit State Capitol for AGC Lobby Day

AGC thanks the members who travelled to Olympia to support construction-industry issues in the Legislature on March 17. During AGC’s annual Lobby Day members visited legislators to talk to them face-to-face about transportation spending bid listing legislation and workers’ comp reform. “Lobby Da...
Posted on 03/30/2015

Orth, Berger testify against bid-listing bill

AGC is opposing legislation mandating the listing of many additional subcontractors at the time the public entity establishes the low responsive bidder. Photo L-R: Duke Schaub Tymon Berger and Doug Orth prepare to testify before the Ways and Means Committee against the bid listing bill. ESHB 1...
Posted on 03/30/2015

Paul Mayo, Bob Adams testify in support of transportation funding plan

 AGC members Paul Mayo of Flatiron Constructors and Bob Adams of Guy F. Atkinson Construction joined AGC lobbyist Duke Schaub in testifying before the House Transportation Committee last week in support of a comprehensive transportation funding package. (Photo L-R: Bob Adams Paul Mayo and Duke S...
Posted on 03/30/2015

AGC of America introduces new officers to lead industry

March 25 2015 -- The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) today announced the new officers who have been selected to lead the nation’s largest construction trade association. In photo left to right Chuck Greco chairman of Houston Texas-based Linbeck Group will serve as president; Mar...
Posted on 03/30/2015

DOR: Contractors pay sales tax on clean-up activities

The State Department of Revenue reminds contractors that sales taxes must be paid on janitorial services that are construction clean-up or preparation for turning a new building over to the owner. The DOR prepared this webpage describing when a retail sales tax is applicable for interior cleaning...
Posted on 03/16/2015

Half-time in the Legislature: Transportation, workers' comp still alive

The State Legislature has reached the half-way mark of the 2015 session and some noteworthy bills – good and bad – affecting the construction industry are still on the move. Technically the Legislature has reached the “house of origin cut-off date.”  This means that for example a bill that was i...
Posted on 03/16/2015

Dawgs, Cougs bring home the hardware once again

Student teams from the University of Washington and Washington State University continued their winning ways bringing home top awards from the 2015 Associated Schools of Construction competition in Sparks NV February 10-13. Shown here (clockwise from top left) the UW took first place overall in ...
Posted on 03/16/2015

$15B transportation package takes big step in Senate

The $15 billion transportation package took a big step forward yesterday when the Senate voted out two of three funding measures. Late last week the Senate voted out all eight transportation-reform bills. The bill that includes the 11.7-cent gas-tax increase and other funding measures SSB 5987 p...
Posted on 03/03/2015

WSDOT implements reforms for a more efficient, effective agency

By Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson Editor’s note: With a transportation-funding package being debated in Olympia the issue of reforms regarding how transportation dollars are spent is front and center. We asked WSDOT Sec. Lynn Peterson (photo) to describe the steps that WSDOT has alre...
Posted on 03/02/2015