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

Paid Family and Medical Leave Ombuds office available to help

The Office of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Ombuds recently launched its new website with information about services and resources for workers and employers who need help resolving issues with the Employment Security Department and the Paid Family and Medical Leave program.
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

Congrats to the 2019 Excellence in Contract Administration award winners

Last week, winners of the annual Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration Awards, co-sponsored by AGCW and WSDOT, were announced at the WSDOT/AGC annual meeting.
Posted on 01/15/2019

Governor proposes 9-percent capital-gains tax

Governor Jay Inslee has proposed a new capital-gains tax to help fund his proposed 2019–21 operating budget that would increase spending by $9.973 billion (22.3 percent).
Posted on 01/14/2019

Governor announces plan for ultra-efficient buildings

Gov. Jay Inslee recently unveiled a plan that he hopes would launch a dramatic reduction of Washington state’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years.
Posted on 01/14/2019

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

AGC charges 17 local unions with unfair labor practices

AGC of Washington (AGCW) has filed an unfair labor-practice charge against 17 building and construction unions with the Region 19 National Labor Relations Board in Seattle, Washington.
Posted on 01/02/2019

2019 infrastructure report-card rollout, Jan. 16

The new Washington State Infrastructure Report Card will be coming out in January.
Posted on 12/21/2018

Congress could head to a partial government shutdown

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

L&I working on prevailing wage ease-of-use improvements

Over the next seven months, L&I will launch exciting new features for the Prevailing-Wage Intent & Affidavit (PWIA) system and Awarding-Agency Portal.
Posted on 12/18/2018

AGC seeks changes to burdensome overtime draft rule

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is changing employment rules that determine which salaried employees in Washington are required by law to receive overtime pay, minimum wage and paid sick leave.
Posted on 12/18/2018

AGC protests proposed prevailing-wage enforcement strategy

L&I is considering a proposal from REBOUND, a building trades group, to significantly alter the way in which the department enforces prevailing-wage laws and the potential penalties for non-compliance.
Posted on 12/18/2018

Washington Supreme Court expands contractor notice obligations

The Washington State Supreme Court dealt another blow to public works contractors in Washington State.
Posted on 12/04/2018

L&I hosts webinars on Equal-Pay Opportunity Act

On June 7, 2018, the Equal-Pay Opportunity Act (EPOA) went into effect, making updates to the Washngton State Equal Pay Act of 1943.
Posted on 12/04/2018

Workers’ comp rates will fall by average of five percent in January

The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington will take the largest drop in more than 10 years on January 1, as the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) finalized its proposed 5 percent decrease in the average amount employers pay for the coverage.
Posted on 12/04/2018