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

$15B transportation package takes big step in Senate

The $15 billion transportation package took a big step forward yesterday when the Senate voted out two of three funding measures. Late last week the Senate voted out all eight transportation-reform bills. The bill that includes the 11.7-cent gas-tax increase and other funding measures SSB 5987 p...
Posted on: 03/03/2015

Vesting-rights bill passed by Judiciary Committee

Legislation (SB 5921) to prevent development rules from changing in “the middle of the game” has been passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ashbaugh Beal partner Tymon Berger (photo right) testified on behalf of AGC before the House Judiciary Committee in support of the House version of th...
Posted on: 02/27/2015

AGC issues transportation-package action alert

AGC has issued an action alert to urge State Senate members to support the proposed $15B transportation-funding package. This package is comprised of eleven bills that include a number of critical state projects. The Senate is likely to vote on the package Thursday or Friday of this week. Click h...
Posted on: 02/24/2015

Bill would mandate multiple subs and suppliers added to bid lists

Click here to tell legislators to vote NO on this bill!AGC is opposing legislation that could add a dozen or more specialty subs to the list of those that must be included as part of the bid for public-works construction projects costing more than $1 million. Photo: Jeremy Carroll of Dawson Con...
Posted on: 02/16/2015

Senate Transportation leaders unveil $15B funding and reform package

Construction of the SR 167/SR 509 Gateway I-5 JBLM corridor improvements and I-82 Yakima to Union Gap improvements are among the 104 projects that would be constructed via a $15 billion transportation package introduced last week in the State Senate. Funded primarily through a phased-in 11.7 cent...
Posted on: 02/16/2015

AGC backs slate of workers' comp reform bills

Citing real-world examples AGC Group Retro Director Lauren Gubbe recently described to the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee how current law and Labor and Industries (LNI) policy make it possible for some injured workers to receive more income on workers’ comp timeloss benefits than what they...
Posted on: 02/16/2015

Right ways and wrong ways to fund transportation

One of AGCs top legislative priorities is passage of a comprehensive transportation package to address congestion unmet preservation and maintenance needs and freight mobility. One of the big questions is how to pay for a package. Governor Inslee recently introduced a carbon cap-and-trade mechan...
Posted on: 01/17/2015

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

Pension reform passage is culmination of years of labor and management cooperation

Thanks to a huge push by AGC of America and its members Congress recently passed legislation to revamp the multiemployer-pension program in an attempt to bolster plans that are in dire financial shape. Click multi-employer pension reform.
Posted on: 12/17/2014

Old E-Verify records to be deleted; employers must download historic records prior to Dec. 31

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) effective January 1 2015 E-Verify transaction records more than ten years old will be deleted from the system. As a result employers will no longer have access in E-Verify to cases created prior t...
Posted on: 12/09/2014

Immigration: AGC supports earned path to legalization; says executive order makes bipartisan reform difficult

AGC of America released the following statement regarding the President’s Nov. 20 immigration executive order:For over a decade when the Bush Administration began its push for immigration reform through today AGC has supported comprehensive immigration reform. That support included an endorsement...
Posted on: 11/21/2014

New fiscal year, same old highway trust-fund problems

With October 1 marking the beginning of fiscal year 2015 the 31-member organization Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) urged Congress to find a way to pay for and pass a new long-term surface transportation measure as soon as possible. They cautioned that failure to act would lead to ano...
Posted on: 10/13/2014

WSDOT prepares for federal funding shortfall

Although Congress has failed to pass a long-term federal highway bill the U.S. House recently took another shot at it as last week it approved by a vote of 367 to 55 H.R. 5021 a $10.8 billion Highway Trust Fund patch which provides sufficient revenue to maintain current funding levels through May...
Posted on: 07/18/2014

Court strengthens insurer-paid defense component of contractors' liability policies

By John Riper Ashbaugh BealJust one day before departing for last week’s Fourth of July holiday the Washington Supreme Court unanimously decided a case that brings good news to Washington contractors and others who purchase liability insurance. The case is particularly welcome to AGC of Washingto...
Posted on: 07/07/2014

Korsmo, Moen host legislators to launch LEARN program

Senators Christine Rolfes (D-23) and Jim Honeyford (R-15) got up-close looks at construction projects thanks to hosts John Korsmo owner of Korsmo Construction and Michael Moen co-owner of G.H. Moen. Sen. Rolfes saw Korsmo’s Suquamish Tribal Clearwater Casino Resort expansion project outside of...
Posted on: 06/24/2014

Gas-tax increase proposed in U.S. Senate

From AGC of America With the balance in the federal Highway Trust Fund quickly being depleted to the point that it is projected to have insufficient revenue to pay states for ongoing construction activities within the next few weeks Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn) introduc...
Posted on: 06/20/2014

Report confirms the loss of transportation funds to compact

$30 million a year is being siphoned out of gas-tax funded transportation construction by a questionable compact that Washington State entered into with the Tribes in 2007 concludes a report by former Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag. In 2007 the Legislature passed a bill authorizing the G...
Posted on: 04/28/2014

AGC's 2014 Legislative Recap

The following bills passed the Legislature in 2014. E2SHB 2192 – AGC’s position: SupportState agency permitting: In response to recommendations from a recent performance audit by the Washington State Auditor’s Office this bill requires agencies to keep track of and public report the amount of ti...
Posted on: 04/14/2014

ACT NOW: With the clock running down, full-court press on transportation package

With the clock running down in the 2014 state legislative session AGC and others are putting on a full-court press to secure passage of a comprehensive transportation package. AGC members are strongly urged to contact their legislators – even if they already did so earlier this year – and urge t...
Posted on: 03/04/2014