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

Vesting-rights bill passed by Judiciary Committee

Legislation (SB 5921) to prevent development rules from changing in “the middle of the game” has been passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ashbaugh Beal partner Tymon Berger (photo right) testified on behalf of AGC before the House Judiciary Committee in support of the House version of th...
Posted on 02/27/2015

AGC issues transportation-package action alert

AGC has issued an action alert to urge State Senate members to support the proposed $15B transportation-funding package. This package is comprised of eleven bills that include a number of critical state projects. The Senate is likely to vote on the package Thursday or Friday of this week. Click h...
Posted on 02/24/2015

Bill would mandate multiple subs and suppliers added to bid lists

Click here to tell legislators to vote NO on this bill!AGC is opposing legislation that could add a dozen or more specialty subs to the list of those that must be included as part of the bid for public-works construction projects costing more than $1 million. Photo: Jeremy Carroll of Dawson Con...
Posted on 02/16/2015

Senate Transportation leaders unveil $15B funding and reform package

Construction of the SR 167/SR 509 Gateway I-5 JBLM corridor improvements and I-82 Yakima to Union Gap improvements are among the 104 projects that would be constructed via a $15 billion transportation package introduced last week in the State Senate. Funded primarily through a phased-in 11.7 cent...
Posted on 02/16/2015

AGC backs slate of workers' comp reform bills

Citing real-world examples AGC Group Retro Director Lauren Gubbe recently described to the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee how current law and Labor and Industries (LNI) policy make it possible for some injured workers to receive more income on workers’ comp timeloss benefits than what they...
Posted on 02/16/2015

Advanced Management, Project Manager courses from AGC of America

Two of AGC of Americas most popular and acclaimed courses are the Advanced Management Program and Construction Project-Manager Course. For construction leaders on the rise no program provides a more comprehensive uniquely focused program than AGC’s Advanced Management Program (AMP). Suited for c...
Posted on 02/10/2015

Glyn Slattery named 2015 AGC Contractor of the Year

Other 2015 honorees include Ian McFarland of University Mechanical Contractors Bryan Kelley of Oles Morrison Rinker Baker LLP and Lee Kilcup of GLY Construction. Glyn Slattery of Lydig Construction was presented with AGC of Washingtons 2015 Contractor of the Year award at Jan. 23s Annual Convent...
Posted on 02/02/2015

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

Senator Ann Rivers was presented with AGCs BUILD PAC 2015 Legislator of the Year award at AGC of Washington’s 2015 Annual Convention on Jan. 23 at the Seattle Four Seasons Hotel. Sen. Rivers is a rising star within the Washington State senate. After a term in the House she won the 18th District...
Posted on 02/02/2015

Smith, Munro to lead AGC of Washington in 2015

AGC of Washington elected a new group of association officers at its 2015 annual convention held Jan. 23 at Seattle’s Four Seasons Hotel. The association welcomed Gary Smith Lease Crutcher Lewis as president; Nancy Munro MidMountain Contractors as first vice president; Jake Jacobson Osborne Co...
Posted on 02/02/2015

Alaska Business Forum: the economic relationship with Washington's northern trading partner

Launch of the Ties that Bind Report:A first look at the economic relationship with Washington’s northern trading partner-- PLUS the 2015 economic forecast featuring Neal Fried A Seattle Chamber event -- AGC members are welcome to attend;see registration info below. Its been ten years since the ...
Posted on 02/02/2015

Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand 2015 payrolls

Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2015 while only 7 percent expect to reduce headcounts according to survey results released on Jan. 21st by the Associated General Contractors of America. The survey conducted as part of Ready to Hire Again: The 2015 Constructio...
Posted on 01/30/2015

CITC opens craft-laborers program

As of January 15 2015 CITC has been approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC) for a Construction-Craft Laborers apprenticeship program. The new program is statewide which means that if a company participates in their laborers program apprentices can work anywher...
Posted on 01/30/2015

AGC-WSDOT Administrative and Environmental Excellence award winners

Granite Construction Guy F. Atkinson KLB Construction West Company and Spokane Products were among those honored for administrative and environmental excellence by WSDOT and AGC of Washington. Awards were presented at the AGC-WSDOT annual meeting January 8 in Tacoma. Partnership for Excellence i...
Posted on 01/17/2015

Right ways and wrong ways to fund transportation

One of AGCs top legislative priorities is passage of a comprehensive transportation package to address congestion unmet preservation and maintenance needs and freight mobility. One of the big questions is how to pay for a package. Governor Inslee recently introduced a carbon cap-and-trade mechan...
Posted on 01/17/2015

AGC's Government Affairs Committee prepares for new legislative session

AGC’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) recently met to set the stage for AGC’s involvement in the 2015 State legislative session which begins Jan. 12.  Among the issues discussed and policy positions taken by the GAC are:• Prevailing wage   Support legislation to eliminate requirements that app...
Posted on 01/06/2015

Pension reform passage is culmination of years of labor and management cooperation

Thanks to a huge push by AGC of America and its members Congress recently passed legislation to revamp the multiemployer-pension program in an attempt to bolster plans that are in dire financial shape. Click multi-employer pension reform.
Posted on 12/17/2014

AGC of America plans legal challenge to “quickie election” rule

NLRB ruling not only makes it easier for unions to organize open-shop contractors it also limits union contractors’ flexibility by converting from 8(f) to 9(a) relationships. Click “ambush election” rule.
Posted on 12/17/2014

Old E-Verify records to be deleted; employers must download historic records prior to Dec. 31

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) effective January 1 2015 E-Verify transaction records more than ten years old will be deleted from the system. As a result employers will no longer have access in E-Verify to cases created prior t...
Posted on 12/09/2014

2015 workers' comp rates will be lower than first proposed

The average increase in workers’ compensation premiums in 2015 will be less than half of the amount initially proposed. L&I recently announced a final average increase of 0.8 percent.Among construction classifications the rates will range from a 14 percent decrease for Overhead Power and Tran...
Posted on 12/05/2014

Immigration: AGC supports earned path to legalization; says executive order makes bipartisan reform difficult

AGC of America released the following statement regarding the President’s Nov. 20 immigration executive order:For over a decade when the Bush Administration began its push for immigration reform through today AGC has supported comprehensive immigration reform. That support included an endorsement...
Posted on 11/21/2014

AGC'S BUILD PAC instrumental in maintaining Senate's Majority Coalition Caucus

We did it! And couldn’t have done it without your help! With AGC’S BUILD PAC members help we were instrumental in helping maintain the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) in the Senate.During the 2014 general election we had a success rate of over 91% and invested more than $84000 in business-friendl...
Posted on 11/10/2014

Federal Facilities presentation materials now available

Presentation and handout materials from the November 5 Federal Facilities Three-Year Outlook meeting at AGC Seattle are now available on AGCs Wheres the Work? page here including materials from NAVFAC the Army Corps of Engineers and the US Coast Guard. See the New Presentations section in the mid...
Posted on 11/06/2014

AGC Health Plan first to be approved by State Insurance Commissioner

According to an Oct. 29 2014 press release issued InsuranceNews.net the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has approved UnitedHealthcare of Washington Inc.s 2014 association health plan for Associated General Contractors of Washington. This is the first approval for the more th...
Posted on 10/30/2014

Current-law transportation budget funds 520, tunnel, preservation/maintenance

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Posted on 10/27/2014