Proposed state budgets feature capital gains, B&O and REET taxes

Democratic leaders in the Washington State Senate and House of Representatives have proposed differing biennial budgets for 2019-2021, but they do have two things in common: They are both way bigger than the previous state budget, and they both feature tax increases.
Posted on: 04/09/2019

State House passes $10 billion transportation biennial budget

The State House of Representatives has passed its version of the 2019-21 biennial transportation budget, with total funding of $10 billion, up about $600 million from the previous budget. The Senate version is similar and awaits action on the Senate floor.
Posted on: 04/08/2019

House passes $4.6-billion capital budget giving boost to K-12, higher ed construction

The state construction budget, and accompanying bond bill, passed the House of Representatives last week. The $4.6 billion capital budget, prime sponsored by House Capital Budget Committee Chair Steve Tharinger (D-Port Townsend) invests heavily in public schools and colleges, mental health and environmental projects.
Posted on: 04/08/2019

Pay data for Obama-Era EEO-1 report potentially due Sept. 30, 2019

Pending court approval, AGC calls for more time to comply
Posted on: 04/04/2019

Contact your State House members NOW and urge them to oppose the billion-dollar tax package!

Contact State House members NOW and urge them to oppose this billion-dollar tax package.
Posted on: 03/29/2019

Proposed state budget includes capital gains, B&O and REET tax increases

House Democrats unveiled a two-year state budget proposal that seeks $1.4B in new revenue, including a new 9.9% capital gains tax, a 20% (and up) B&O tax increase for many businesses, and an increase in the real estate excise tax (REET).
Posted on: 03/26/2019

Ill-conceived contractor-liability bill dies in Legislature

The number of anti-business bills introduced in Olympia this year has been unprecedented. But thanks to a worthy effort from AGC and its members, general contractors and subcontractors alike will not be as easy targets in years to come for double-payment liability on private projects.
Posted on: 03/26/2019

AGC-backed hazardous clean-up bill heading toward passage

Legislation to speed up the clean-up of certain contaminated properties in order to get them into productive economic use more quickly is moving through the Legislature.
Posted on: 03/12/2019

$15-B transportation package passes Senate Committee

Forward Washington — a comprehensive 10-year transportation and environmental plan to invest in infrastructure and green technology projects throughout the state — was passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee March 6.
Posted on: 03/12/2019

Action Alert: Oppose mandatory bid listing

New legislation (SB 5457) in Olympia would require a general contractor to list ALL subs at the time of bid.
Posted on: 03/11/2019

Action needed now on SHB 1395

Substitute House Bill 1395 was added to the floor calendar on March 5 and will likely be heard very soon.
Posted on: 03/06/2019

AGC files suit over prevailing-wage legislation

On January 23, 2019, AGC of Washington filed suit to overturn recently-enacted legislation (SB 5493) that dramatically changes how prevailing wages are set in the state.
Posted on: 01/29/2019

Sen. Sharon Brown, AGC’s 2018 Legislator of the Year

AGC’s Government Affairs Committee is pleased to announce that State Senator Sharon Brown is AGC of Washington’s 2018 Legislator of the Year.
Posted on: 01/02/2019

Congress could head to a partial government shutdown

What contractors should do in the event of a shutdown
Posted on: 12/20/2018

AGC seeks changes to new prevailing-wage law

The Legislature passed legislation that changed the way prevailing wages are set, saying that the prevailing wage will be the wage set by collective-bargaining agreements for those trades and in those counties with CBAs.
Posted on: 11/05/2018

AGC urges a NO vote on Initiative 1631

AGC is urging a NO vote on Initiative 1631, the carbon tax measure, and has officially joined the No on 1631 Coalition working across Washington to defeat this unfair tax measure in November.
Posted on: 09/11/2018

Attorney General’s Office agrees to consider legality of Education Special District 112’s Construction Services Group

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has agreed to look into the procurement practices of Educational Special District 112’s Construction Services Group, and to issue a non-binding opinion on whether it school districts that contract with the group must comply with Washington’s competitive procurement procedures in doing so.
Posted on: 09/06/2018

Changes in prevailing wage rates to take effect Aug. 31

As it is required to do every February and August, the Department of Labor and Industries has posted new prevailing wages, and among them are some significant changes.
Posted on: 08/29/2018

New Washington workplace laws now in effect

The Washington legislature closed out its 2017-2018 legislative session by passing several new employment-related bills that Governor Inslee signed into law....
Posted on: 07/02/2018

Sign the petition to support transparency in government negotiations

AGC supports Initiative 1608 and urges you and others within your company to sign the petition to support transparency in government.
Posted on: 06/05/2018

Heads up: New paid family/medical leave taxes begin Jan. 1, 2019

Taxes to fund the paid family- and medical-leave program passed by the Legislature last year will be collected starting Jan. 1, 2019 -- but the benefits won’t be available to be taken until Jan. 1, 2020.
Posted on: 04/23/2018

Pay equity, sexual harassment and other HR bills signed into law

In the legislative session that concluded earlier this month, the Legislature passed these measures that have since been signed into law by the Governor.
Posted on: 03/28/2018

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

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