AGC of America opposes tariffs, offers recommendations for contractors

On March 8, President Trump signed proclamations to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, with limited exceptions.
Posted on 03/13/2018

House Transportation Chair Judy Clibborn among high-profile retirements

Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-41), long-time chair of the House Transportation Committee and a key architect of the $16 billion transportation package passed in 2015, announced her retirement from the Washington State Legislature.
Posted on 03/12/2018

Legislative session recap: Billions in construction spending; no new taxes

The 2018 Legislative session ended right on time last week – the first time since 2014 that a special session wasn’t required.
Posted on 03/12/2018

King County Passes Priority Hire Ordinance

On Monday, March 5, 2018, the King County Council passed the Priority Hire Ordinance with unanimous support. The ordinance paves the way for the County to negotiate with Labor a Master Community-Workforce Agreement which will direct unions to prioritize workers from designated disadvantaged zip codes for dispatch to covered projects.
Posted on 03/08/2018

AGC ACTION ALERT: Ask your Senator to help defeat anti-contracting-out legislation (HB 1851)

Help defeat an anti-contracting out piece of legislation by contacting your State Senator today!
Posted on 02/28/2018

AGC ACTION ALERT: Support the King Amendment to remove CWA/PLA from carbon-tax bill

Urge your State Senator to SUPPORT the King Amendment to remove CWA/PLA from the carbon-tax bill (SB 6203)
Posted on 02/28/2018

President unveils $200 billion infrastructure plan

On Monday, President Trump unveiled his $200 billion “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.”
Posted on 02/12/2018

Contact President, Congress to oppose government-mandated project labor agreements

By way of background, AGC of America has again urged President Trump to rescind President Obama’s project labor agreement (PLA) executive order and replace it with a new order.
Posted on 02/12/2018

B&O, capital gains tax bills back on the table in Olympia

Two new bills involving capital gains and B&O taxes were introduced relatively late in the legislative session. Both are opposed by AGC.
Posted on 02/12/2018

Capital Budget and “Hirst fix” pass Legislature

AGC applauds passage of the long-delayed 2017-2019 State Capital Budget as well as passage of the water-rights “Hirst fix.”
Posted on 01/30/2018

AGC’s BUILD PAC honors top PAC supporters

Osborne Construction Company was honored at AGC of Washington's 2018 Annual Convention Luncheon with the Leader of the PAC award for being the 2017 top contributor to the AGC’s BUILD PAC.
Posted on 01/30/2018

AGC honors Senator Lynda Wilson as Legislator of the Year

AGC presented its 2017 Legislator of the Year Award to Senator Lynda Wilson during its January 26 Annual Convention.
Posted on 01/29/2018

"Government Shutdown 101" for federal contractors: How to survive it

In 2013, after partisan squabbles around the Affordable Care Act, Congress failed to enact a spending bill, throwing the federal government into shutdown mode. As a result...
Posted on 01/22/2018

Legislature passes $4B construction budget, water-rights bill

State lawmakers late Thursday approved a $4.3 billion construction budget and legislation to address a rural water-rights debate that had stalled the spending plan since the spring of 2017.
Posted on 01/19/2018

Numerous union labor contracts expire on May 31, 2018.

AGC's Labor Committee is hosting meetings in February in all four districts of the Chapter.
Posted on 01/16/2018

MidMountain, Scarsella, KLB, KRCI, West win WSDOT/AGC awards

WSDOT and AGC announced the 2017 Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration Award winners during the AGC/WSDOT 2018 annual meeting.
Posted on 01/16/2018

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