WSDOT proposes mandatory small-business and vet-owned subcontracting goals

WSDOT recently aired a proposal to have fixed small business and Veteran business enforceable contract goals on all solely state funded projects.
Posted on 09/19/2016

AGC’s new Environment Committee tackles proposed soils-handling regulations

AGC formed a new Environment Committee to address proposed regulations and legislation regarding environmental issues.
Posted on 09/02/2016

Learn how to deal with onerous “blacklisting” Executive Order

AGC of America is set to help members get a handle on, and comply with, the 850 pages of new burdensome and unnecessary regulations known as the Fair Pay and Save Workplaces Executive Order signed by President Obama.
Posted on 09/02/2016

Who will control the State Senate after the general election?

AGC members are encouraged to take a look at three key races in the 2016 General Election that will decide if the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) stays in control of the Senate.
Posted on 08/31/2016

When do contractors pay sales tax on clean-up activities?

AGC continues to receive inquiries from contractors regarding the payment of sales taxes on final cleaning subcontracts.
Posted on 08/22/2016

Primary-election highlights and lowlights

AGC’s BUILD PAC’s Senior Council decided last fall on three top priories for the 2017 elections...
Posted on 08/09/2016

Statewide ballot measures qualify for the general election

The Secretary of State had announced that the follow ballot measures have qualified for the general election in November.
Posted on 08/09/2016

Don’t overlook Supreme Court races on your ballot!

Races for the State Supreme Court are usually low-key affairs. Many voters overlook them on the ballot as much of the time there is either only one person running or the candidates are unknown.
Posted on 07/26/2016

Court puts hold on AGC-opposed “persuader rule”

From AGC of America...
Posted on 07/26/2016

AGC of America releases construction outlook

The July 2016 Construction Spending, Labor & Materials Outlook from Ken Simonson, Chief Economist for AGC of America.
Posted on 07/12/2016

Act now: Support career- and tech-education bill in Congress

The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation which would reauthorize and reform the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Posted on 07/11/2016

FAA sets rules on drone use; AGC of America plans education for contractors

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized a new and comprehensive set of rules for the commercial use of small drones in all industries, including construction.
Posted on 07/08/2016

Minimum wage, paid sick leave initiative gets on the ballot

AGC joined several business groups to voice its concern that, although raising the minimum wage and requiring paid sick leave through Initiative 1433 sounds good, the unintended consequences could be harmful, particularly for first-time job seekers.
Posted on 07/08/2016

Employers note: New overtime rule takes effect Dec. 1

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the new federal overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Posted on 07/08/2016

DOE sending construction-stormwater permit invoices

The Department of Ecology is preparing to mail out construction stormwater permit invoices for fiscal year 2017.
Posted on 06/21/2016

Four-year process leads to draft EIS for Millennium project

More than four years after the permitting process began, Washington State DOE and Cowlitz County released the draft EIS for the Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview project that would create a global export hub.
Posted on 06/21/2016

Eyman’s new tack to cut transportation funding

Tim Eyman has filed a whopping 126 initiatives this year, many of which would gut transportation funding.
Posted on 06/06/2016

Gov. Inslee announces new carbon-reduction plan

Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced his revised carbon reduction rule. Ash Grove Cement and Nucor Steel are among the businesses impacted by the rule.
Posted on 06/06/2016

Provide input on updates to Building Code Council rules and bylaws

The State Building Code Council will be seeking public input as it updates its state rules as well as its bylaws.
Posted on 06/06/2016

AGC’s Dave Kearby challenges for 15th District House seat

AGC’s own Dave Kearby is running for the State Legislature! Kearby announced his candidacy for State Representative from the 15th District last week.
Posted on 05/23/2016

OSHA’s new silica rule imposes new regulations on many contractors

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (the “Silica Rule”).
Posted on 05/23/2016

Initiatives could bring mandatory sick leave to construction

There may be two initiatives on the November ballot to raise the minimum wage; both of them go beyond the minimum wage and require paid sick leave.
Posted on 05/10/2016

Got an opinion on the federal change-order process?

Got an opinion on the federal change-order process?
Posted on 04/25/2016

AGC supports Brightwater contractor in legal dispute with King County

AGC is supporting Brightwater tunnel contractors Vinci/Parsons RCI/Frontier Kemper JV (VPFK) in a legal dispute with King County. At issue is the long-standing principle that an “implied warranty” comes with an owner-issued plans and specifications, and how it allocates risk on Washington construction projects if following those plans and specifications does not produce the desired or intended result.
Posted on 04/11/2016

Interested in serving on CPARB’s Project Review Committee?

The Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) is seeking letters of interest from individuals knowledgeable in the use of alternative public works contracting procedures to serve three-year terms on its Project Review Committee (PRC).
Posted on 04/11/2016