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

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

Important union-benefit trust seminar, Nov. 14

If you are a union contractor you are responsible for submitting monthly reports to trust administrators for both pension and health trusts. Your company is periodically subject to payroll audits and you may have had to deal with collection attorneys if your trust contributions become delinquent....
Posted on: 10/14/2014

Seattle construction cranes a welcome sight

Have you noticed? A plethora of construction cranes is now visible across the Seattle skyline in this YouTube video. Although some are obscured or difficult to see there are 18 construction cranes -- mostly tower cranes -- in this video clip taken last week from the Seattle AGC Building. Con...
Posted on: 06/24/2014

Workers' Comp Rates will Increase 2.7% in 2014

Premiums for workers’ compensation insurance next year will increase for the first time in three years the Department of Labor and Industries announced this week. The average 2.7-percent rate increase for 2014 premiums is an increase of less than two cents per hour worked. L&I confirmed the ...
Posted on: 12/02/2013

Washington's 2014 Construction Forecast Positive Across Many Sectors

Click here for the full 2014 economic-forecast presentation. With Washington State among the country’s healthiest economies 2014 looks promising for healthy growth among most of the state’s construction sectors according to Cliff Brewis of McGraw-Hill. Brewis was the featured speaker at Novemb...
Posted on: 12/02/2013

Opposition to Tacoma's Paid Sick-Leave Effort

AGC and other stakeholders in the business community continue to fight a harmful paid sick-leave proposal that the labor community is pushing in the City of Tacoma. Recently Tacomas News Tribune wrote an editorial in opposition to the proposal. Read it here.
Posted on: 10/23/2013

L&I Director on Rates: Aiming for Predictability, Lower Costs

L&I Director on Rates: Aiming for Predictability Lower Costs Editor’s note: We asked the Department of Labor & Industry Director Joel Sacks to answer a few questions for this newsletter about his thinking regarding workers’ comp rates. Click here for a separate article about the propos...
Posted on: 10/08/2013

Get Info on Shutdown's Impacts

To provide details on how contractors could be impacted by -- and what they can do during --  the government shutdown AGC of America created this Government Shutdown Resource Center.
Posted on: 10/08/2013

2014 WA State Construction Forecast on Nov. 20

AGCs Southern District will hold this free seminar at the Fife office (3601 20th Street East) on Nov. 20 from 12-1:30pm. Please save the date and RSVP today. McGraw-Hill Constructions top forecaster will present a 2014 Washington State-specific sector-by-sector construction forecast. This informa...
Posted on: 10/08/2013

LAST CALL: 2011 Economic Forecast with McGraw Hill, BofA, Schnitzer West

Nov. 10: Panelists present state-level construction forecasts by sector discuss the outlook for financing and look at the near future of commercial development. Hear info that will help you identify key opportunities target growth markets and make critical decisions. Discount for AGC Members (on...
Posted on: 11/02/2010

Helping You Plan for 2011: Economic Forecast Event Nov. 10

Representatives from Bank of America and Schnitzer West will join McGraw Hill’s construction economist Cliff Brewis for “2011 Construction Outlook Update” cosponsored by AGC. The panelists will present state-level construction forecasting data by sector discuss the outlook for financing and look...
Posted on: 10/19/2010

AGC's Board Tackles Two Economic Issues: I-1082 and I-1098

By Tom Zamzow AGC President Last week AGC’s Board of Trustees considered two initiatives that will be on the November ballot both of which could have big implications for contractors. The Board voted to remain neutral on I-1082 regarding workers’ comp and to oppose I-1098 the income tax initiat...
Posted on: 09/21/2010

Dino Rossi Warns of \Fiscal Cliff\ at Southern District Dinner

Dino Rossi visits with “Fast” Eddie Zawislak of Coast Crane Co. at the AGC Southern District Membership Dinner. “A common theme I hear from voters during this campaign is opportunities are decreasing as government increases.” This statement is from Dino Rossi GOP candidate for US Senate who d...
Posted on: 09/21/2010

New Yakima Stadium Would Boost Jobs, Economic Development

AGC encouraged the Yakima City Council to support a new stadium in the city. The stadium will keep the Yakima Bears’ baseball team in town and spur economic growth in general. “I would like to strongly encourage the Yakima City Council to consider the overall economic benefits surrounding the p...
Posted on: 09/08/2010

Expanding Markets, Minimizing Costs at the Local Level

The best economic stimulus the government could provide is expedited projects and it wouldn’t cost a thing.” That statement by Jeff Stroud of Mountain Construction sums up one of the primary reasons why AGC members and staff play such an active role in local government policymaking. Throughout ...
Posted on: 07/27/2010

Bank CEO Highlights Economic Bright Spots and Land Mines

More than 100 people – the largest attendance in recent memory – attended the Southern District monthly membership dinner on Feb. 3 to hear Heritage Bank President and CEO Brian Vance shed some light on where the financial industry is and where it’s going. Vance touted the value of community ban...
Posted on: 02/09/2010

AGC of America Announces Economic Recovery Plan

In response to the extremely difficult economic conditions facing the industry AGC of America developed a comprehensive recovery plan for construction. “Build Now for the Future: A Blueprint for Economic Change” outlines commonsense incentives tax credits and policy changes designed to stimulate ...
Posted on: 09/28/2009

Where's the Work? Project Lists from Public Agencies

Department of General Administration Link to upcoming projects on General Administration website General Administrations powerpoint presentation from June 1 AGC Brown Bag Event Contact: John Lynch 360.902.7227 jlynch@ga.wa.gov Port of Seattle Link to projects ...
Posted on: 06/03/2009

Federal Contracting: Stimulus at Work Webinar Series

Its more important than ever that contractors - those experienced in Federal work or those looking to move into this market - are aware of the ramifications of rule and regulation updates and the impact of the stimulus bill on the Federal contracting process. An AGC of America webinar series prov...
Posted on: 05/12/2009

Tax Legislation Update: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The implications of recent tax legislation on the construction industry are significant.Several provisions create growth and help the industry flourish while others have a negative impact. During a free May 5 webinar Carleen J. Snyder CPA and Tax Partner for Moss Adams LLP will explore what you a...
Posted on: 04/15/2009

Kuney Joins Gregoire, Murray to Announce Stimulus-Funded Project

Max Kuney President of Max J. Kuney Company joined Gov. Chris Gregoire Sen. Patty Murray WSDOT Secretary Paula Hammond and other dignitaries to commemorate one of the first stimulus-funded projects to go to bid in the state. At the Mar. 30 event in Bellevue Gov. Gregoire and Sen. Patty Murray an...
Posted on: 03/31/2009

Stimulus Package Seminars - All You Ever Wanted To Know!

The much-anticipated stimulus plan is here-so what does this mean for Washington contractors? A special presentation by Stanislaw Ashbaugh and AGC of Washington is in the works. With the Presidents signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 the federal government has made $48 ...
Posted on: 02/24/2009

The Stimulus: What it Means to the Construction Industry

Congress passed the stimulus bill. AGC worked to ensure significant infrastructure investment was included and ultimately secured $140 billion in construction spending. For details on how the money will be distributed and specific policy provisions click Rebuild Americas Future on AGC of Americas...
Posted on: 02/19/2009

Protecting Your Company's Financial Interests During Tough Times

By Ryan W. Sternoff Ahlers & Cressman In todays construction market contractors face increasing challenges thanks to a slowdown in construction projects problems in obtaining credit fewer investors for projects high construction costs and slow payment or nonpayment by clients. All of this c...
Posted on: 01/06/2009