NLRB’s joint-employer decision could have implications in construction

While employers were troubled by the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to issue a complaint against McDonald’s last year based on the alleged unfair labor relations acts of its franchisors, the Board’s pending Browning-Ferris decision represented more potential downside for the construction industry based on the Board’s potential expansion of the definition of “joint employers.”
Posted on: 09/28/2015

AGC of America comments on CMGC proposal

The MAP-21 transportation bill allows states to use the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC, also known as GCCM) contracting method for Federal-aid highway projects. The Federal Highway Administration has now proposed the regulations that will govern how this contracting method can be used.
Posted on: 09/28/2015

State Supreme Court rules that gas tax rebates to Tribes are constitutional

AGC and allies within the business community lost a legal battle recently when the State Supreme Court ruled that gas-tax rebates to tribes are constitutional.
Posted on: 09/28/2015

Washington State still has highest workers' comp benefit costs

Latest figures show that Washington States benefits costs per worker are the highest in the nation at $827.
Posted on: 08/25/2015

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

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

Gov. Inslee developing regulatory cap on carbon emissions

Gov. Jay Inslee recently directed the state Department of Ecology to step up enforcement of existing state pollution laws and develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions. The Governor said the regulatory cap on carbon emissions would force a significant reduction in air pollution and will be the...
Posted on: 08/07/2015

Dozens of higher-ed construction projects in new capital budget

More than three-quarters of a billion dollars became available for higher education capital projects thanks to enactment of the AGC-backed 2015-1017 state capital-budget bill. As reported previously in AGC Works the measure includes nearly $4 billion in total funding about $500 million more than ...
Posted on: 07/27/2015

$16 billion transportation plan passes Legislature!

Completion of State Routes 167 and 509 the North-South Corridor in Spokane and the west end of the 520 bridge – projects decades in the making – will actually come to pass thanks to final passage of the comprehensive transportation-funding package. Thanks to a relentless push by AGC and allies i...
Posted on: 07/13/2015

Design-build, permit reform, practical design among bills signed by Governor

As complements to the transportation revenue package the Legislature passed AGC-backed bills that improve permitting processes and authorize expanded use of design-build. On July 6 Governor Inslee signed the following bills into law. Click the links below for additional information. In photo AGC...
Posted on: 07/13/2015

School construction gets big boost in $4B state capital budget

One of AGC’s top legislative priorities this year was passage of a capital budget that increases investments in long-term construction projects. Therefore AGC applauds passage of the 2015-2017 state capital budget and the significant new investments that it makes. New headquarters for the Washin...
Posted on: 07/13/2015

Legislature: Double-overtime nearly over; no budget agreement yet

The State Legislature is in its second special session and so far no agreements have been reached on the operating and capital budgets nor on the comprehensive transportation funding package. This special session is slated to end by June 30 but the more important deadline is July 1 – that’s when...
Posted on: 06/15/2015

Current-law transportation budget funds 520, tunnel, preservation

It’s not the $15 billion comprehensive transportation funding package that AGC is pushing for but the Legislature recently passed the 2015-1017 “current law” budget which will fund a few projects insert some money into preservation and maintenance and prevent a shutdown of existing projects once ...
Posted on: 06/01/2015

Concrete recycling, voc rehab, permits for bridges among bills signed into law

The Legislature might be in a special session to deal with the big budget issues but that hasn’t prevented a flurry of bills affecting the construction industry from being passed and signed into law. Below are some of them; contact AGC’s Chief Lobbyist Jerry VanderWood 360.352.5000 if you have qu...
Posted on: 05/04/2015

More from DOR on construction-related janitorial services and sales taxes

AGC has been working with the Department of Revenue regarding the application of sales tax rules for construction-related janitorial services. There is much confusion surrounding the issue because different rules apply to custom vs. speculative construction. The Department provided the informatio...
Posted on: 04/17/2015

Legislators take another crack at capital gains tax

Called a “real solid option” by Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson (D-34) a capital-gains tax proposal is contained in two bills and was the subject of a hearing yesterday. AGC is opposing the measures and AGC members who intend to sell their business someday should take note as that is the s...
Posted on: 04/17/2015

Legislation gives school construction a boost

School construction will be getting a boost as the Legislature deals with initiative 1351 which passed last year and requires the state to reduce class sizes throughout the State. Although both Republican leaders in the Senate and Democrat leaders in the House agree that the Legislature will mod...
Posted on: 04/17/2015

House committee passes transportation package

In another major step for a comprehensive transportation funding package the House Transportation Committee passed out funding bills that money-wise are similar to the package passed by the full state Senate. Thanks to the many AGC members who contacted committee members in the days before the vo...
Posted on: 04/17/2015

Petition urges passing of a comprehensive transportation package

Help Keep Washington Rolling -- join us in urging Governor Inslee and the Washington State Legislature to pass a comprehensive statewide transportation package this legislative session. Our economy can’t wait any longer. We have large infrastructure needs all around the state and making necessary...
Posted on: 04/15/2015

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

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

During AGC’s recent Lobby Day in Olympia AGC Second Vice President Jake Jacobson (Osborne Construction) and Chief Lobbyist Jerry VanderWood paid a visit to Senator Ann Rivers to present her with AGC’s BUILD PAC 2015 Legislator of the Year award.  Sen. Rivers was previously announced as the recip...
Posted on: 03/30/2015

Orth, Berger testify against bid-listing bill

AGC is opposing legislation mandating the listing of many additional subcontractors at the time the public entity establishes the low responsive bidder. Photo L-R: Duke Schaub Tymon Berger and Doug Orth prepare to testify before the Ways and Means Committee against the bid listing bill. ESHB 1...
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

DOR: Contractors pay sales tax on clean-up activities

The State Department of Revenue reminds contractors that sales taxes must be paid on janitorial services that are construction clean-up or preparation for turning a new building over to the owner. The DOR prepared this webpage describing when a retail sales tax is applicable for interior cleaning...
Posted on: 03/16/2015

Half-time in the Legislature: Transportation, workers' comp still alive

The State Legislature has reached the half-way mark of the 2015 session and some noteworthy bills – good and bad – affecting the construction industry are still on the move. Technically the Legislature has reached the “house of origin cut-off date.”  This means that for example a bill that was i...
Posted on: 03/16/2015