Impact Claim Award Undone by Claim Waiver

By Jonathan Gabelein Construction Consultant Ashbaugh Beal The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently vacated a contractor’s impact and delay award of over $4000000 because of waiver language in a signed change order. The case Bell BCI Co. v. United States arose from the construction ...
Posted on: 01/04/2011

2011 Legislative Priorities Set by AGC Board

AGC’s Board of Trustees approved the association’s priorities for the upcoming session of the State Legislature. Click 2011 Legislative Priorities to review topics including workers’ comp reform infrastructure investment streamlined permitting and more. For more info contact AGC Government Affair...
Posted on: 11/30/2010

Reminders of Ways to be Involved in AGC Legislative Efforts

AGC’s Monday Morning Huddles begin Jan. 10. The weekly 7:15-8 a.m. telecons will keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings in Olympia…Mark your calendars for AGC Lobby Day in Olympia Feb. 9 to include a briefing from AGC staff and opportunities to meet Legislators…Sign up for AGC’s Action Aler...
Posted on: 11/16/2010

Less Than Meets the Eye: Initiative 1098

“Cuts state property taxes BY 20%” touts the ad promoting I-1098 the income tax initiative. Quick grab the calculator: A 20 percent cut of a say $6000 property tax bill is $1200…that’s great! But hold on. One of the biggest misperceptions of the initiative is that in addition to imposing the ...
Posted on: 10/04/2010

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

Summary of I-1098, Income Tax Initiative

Bill Gates Sr. and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are among the major backers of Initiative 1098 a measure on this year’s ballot that will be the first time since 1973 that voters will be asked to establish a state income tax. On the ballot information about I-1098 will read as...
Posted on: 09/21/2010

AGC Board Meeting to Discuss I-1082

At its Sept. 13 meeting AGC’s Board will discuss the pro’s and con’s of Initiative 1082 (workers’ comp). After discussion the Board will decide whether or not to take a position on the initiative. The Board has received a recommendation of “support” from the AGC Government Affairs Council and a ...
Posted on: 09/08/2010

Support Repeal of New Form 1099 Reporting Requirement

A provision in the massive healthcare bill enacted in March requires businesses to send Form 1099s for all business-to-business transactions equaling $600 or more in a year. The new requirement will be a tremendous burden on businesses increasing their paperwork and compliance costs. AGC of Ame...
Posted on: 08/24/2010

AGC Names Rep. Judy Clibborn Legislator of the Year

AGC of Washington has named State Representative Judy Clibborn (D-41 Mercer Island) as Legislator of the Year for 2010. Rep. Clibborn serving her 4th term in the House of Representatives chairs the House Transportation Committee. Her experience includes service as Executive Director of the Mercer...
Posted on: 08/10/2010

Board Meeting to Discuss I-1082

AGC members are invited to attend a Special Board of Trustees’ meeting on Aug. 3 2-4 pm AGC Building 2nd floor conference center 1200 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle to participate in discussions regarding the pro’s and con’s of Initiative 1082 (workers’ comp). After reviewing and hearing discussion on...
Posted on: 07/27/2010

Is Card Check Legislation Back from the Grave?

So-called card check legislation which would take away workers’ right to a secret ballot regarding unionization was thought to be dead. However a strategy may be in the works to pass it during a lame-duck congressional session. According to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece “Party leaders are...
Posted on: 07/13/2010

New Safety Bill Expected Before Congress Soon

Recently a discussion draft of a new bill that seeks to make changes to both MSHA and OSHA was introduced in Congress. While AGC of America is still reviewing the 100-page document the bill focuses mainly on changes to MSHA with elements of the OSHA-focused Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAWA)...
Posted on: 07/13/2010

Problematic Off-Site/Prefab Law Could Catch Unwary Contractors

Unwary contractors could be deemed “non-responsible” and barred from all public works contracting for repeated violations of a new law regarding the purchase of “off-site prefabricated non-standard project specific items” from out-of-state vendors or manufacturers. Over the past three legislativ...
Posted on: 06/15/2010

Paving Contractors Push Congress for Long-Term Highway Bill

A delegation of Washington State contractors travelled to Washington DC last week to participate in a national “fly-in” to push Congress to among other things pass long-term reauthorization of the federal highway bill. Mike and Tim Lee and George Peabody of Lakeside Industries joined Pamp Maiers...
Posted on: 06/02/2010

Climate Change Bill Would Siphon Transportation Dollars…

AGC of America says the Senate climate change bill neglects efforts to cut traffic congestion and breaks a decades-long promise that transportation user fees will be dedicated to financing highway and transit improvements. AGC and transportation partners sent a letter to Senators Kerry and Lieber...
Posted on: 05/25/2010

…Meanwhile, EPA Seeks to Regulate CO2 Via Clean Air Act

While Congress continues to debate legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. carbon dioxide) that may cause climate change the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing forward with its own regulations under the Clean Air Act to pressure Congress to act. Senator Murkowski h...
Posted on: 05/25/2010

AGC Webinar: What Did or Didn't The Legislature Do This Year?

The Legislature and the Governor have acted and now AGC wants you to know how these bills will affect your company including such things as new public works off-site prefabrication requirements B&O tax increase on selected services changes to the Reseller Permit alternative selection process ...
Posted on: 05/11/2010

Improvements Made to Reseller Permit

AGC successfully lobbied for improvements to the reseller permit laws making them more practical for contractors. One of the changes allows the Department of Revenue to issue permits for a two-year period to contractors rather than the current requirement for one-year permits. While that’s a po...
Posted on: 04/27/2010

What Impact Will the New Health Care Law Have on Construction Employers?

From AGC of America: Free webinar for AGC members (May 6 10 a.m.) will detail the health care bill the sweeping changes to the delivery of health care the impact on construction employers and their responsibilities and requirements to offer health care benefits to employees. Click Health Care We...
Posted on: 04/14/2010

Final Rule on Federal PLAs Gives Agencies Broad Discretion

From AGC of America: The FAR Council has issued a final rule implementing Executive Order 13502 on the use of project labor agreements on federal construction projects giving contracting agencies broad discretion to determine whether to impose a PLA mandate on a project. READ MORE PLA Executive ...
Posted on: 04/14/2010

Legislature Goes Into Extra Innings

With big league ballplayers loosening up for the fast-approaching baseball season the Washington State Legislature has gone into extra innings as they wrestle with the mountainous problems facing them in balancing the state budgets. Upon adjournment last Thursday evening Governor Gregoire called...
Posted on: 03/16/2010

Streamlined Permitting Bill Makes Headway

Legislation that might be headed for passage would shorten turnaround times for permits and expedite the approval process for major developments. Although passed from committee after the normal legislative cutoff date SB 6578 might have been positioned to be included in the Senate budget because...
Posted on: 03/09/2010

Off-Site Prefab Bill Passes Legislature; AGC Seeks Veto

AGC-opposed legislation requires general and subcontractors on non-transportation related public works projects over $1 million to submit to the state information regarding any off-site prefabricated nonstandard project-specific items produced outside Washington. The bill SB 2805 passed both the...
Posted on: 03/09/2010

Federal Highway Trust Fund Shuts Down; WSDOT Projects Could be Delayed

(Take action! See AGC of America request at end of article!) As of press time Tuesday morning the US Congress had not yet passed legislation to extend the Federal Highway Trust Fund authorization. SAFETEA-LU the federal transportation funding act expired Sunday Feb. 28 at midnight. As a result...
Posted on: 03/02/2010

General Liability Policies Cover Subcontractor Defects, Says MS Supreme Court

In a decision that could have implications for Washington State in the future the Mississippi Supreme Court recently ruled that contractors are covered under their commercial general liability policies for subcontractor work later found to be defective. According to an article in Engineering New...
Posted on: 03/02/2010