AGC opposes PSCAA fuel proposal

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is considering a regional low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), and AGC is opposed. AGC is joining a coalition of business, agriculture and labor groups in requesting that PSCAA drop its proposal.
Posted on: 11/06/2018

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

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

"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

AGC’s BUILD PAC endorses Jinyoung Lee Englund for key State Senate spot

In one of the most consequential state legislative races in decades, AGC’s BUILD PAC has endorsed Jinyoung Lee Englund for the 45th District State Senate seat.
Posted on: 05/08/2017

AGC’s career awareness legislation signed into law

In a victory for AGC, career awareness legislation spearheaded by the association was signed into law by Gov. Inslee last week.
Posted on: 05/08/2017

Jaci Hayden testifies against Senate tax increase bill

Government Affairs Committee member Jaci Hayden testified on behalf of AGC before the Senate Ways and Means Committee April 26. Hayden expressed AGC’s opposition to SB 5929, a comprehensive tax increase bill, especially the bill’s proposed 20-percent B&O tax increase.
Posted on: 05/08/2017

State Senate, House release competing budget proposals

The Washington Senate's Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) unveiled its "Protecting Washington's Future" budget – a $43 billion spending plan – last week and quickly passed it by a 25-24 vote.
Posted on: 03/28/2017

Blacklisting regulation repeal signed into law

AGC of America and its members achieved a major legislative victory yesterday when President Trump signed legislation to repeal of the Blacklisting regulations, which would have implemented President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order.
Posted on: 03/28/2017

Expect much stiffer fines for certain safety violations next year

A new proposal by the OSHA would increase fines for safety violation fines by 82 percent. Washington State, which manages its own OSHA-approved state plan, will be required to follow suit in 2017.
Posted on: 04/11/2016

Strengthening our legislative efforts

AGC of Washington has partnered with AGC of America to gauge the reach of our collective networks and enable us to effectively plan for future public-policy discussions.
Posted on: 04/04/2016

Cargo Preference Act applies to FHWA-funded projects

FHWA has interpreted recent changes in the federal Cargo Preference Act as applying to federal-aid highway contracts. The Act, which has been around since 1954, requires that “at least 50 percent of any equipment, materials or commodities” procured with federal funds, and which may be shipped by ocean vessel, must be transported on privately-owned United States-flagged commercial vessels.
Posted on: 02/16/2016

Senate removes Peterson; Gov. appoints Roger Millar as Acting WSDOT Secretary

The State Senate spent Friday, Feb. 8 debating the leadership of Lynn Peterson, the secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Posted on: 02/16/2016

Court issues nationwide stay of EPA/Corps' “Waters of the US” regulation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has issued a nationwide stay of the new federal regulation redefining "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) for the purposes of the Clean Water Act.
Posted on: 11/03/2015

US Senate passes long-term highway bill; focus now on the House

The US Senate passed a six-year transportation reauthorization bill – the first time in years that an actual long-term bill was passed rather than a “kick the can down the road” short-term fix. Now it’s up to the House.
Posted on: 08/07/2015

All endorsed candidates advance after primary

All of the state and local candidates endorsed by AGC’s BUILD PAC survived the August 4 primary and will appear on the November ballot.
Posted on: 08/07/2015

Inslee creates subcabinet to boost business diversity

Gov. Jay Inslee convened a new subcabinet focused on increasing access for small and minority- women- and veteran-owned businesses to contracting opportunities with Washington State government. The Governor said diverse businesses make up only about 1 percent of the $6.1 billion that the state s...
Posted on: 08/07/2015

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

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'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

AGC of America re-launches voter-information resource

The construction industry and the millions of workers it employs have much at stake in upcoming elections across the country. At a time when the industry is rebounding from the longest and deepest slump of any sector it is especially important to elect leaders willing to work for common-sense sol...
Posted on: 09/15/2014