Construction Legislative Week in Review
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TRANSPORTATION
Use August Recess to Tell Your Congressman: Finish Work on Highway & Transit Bill
2016 ELECTIONS
Trump Is Here to Stay….For Now, Says Prognosticator
LABOR
AGC Opposes NAVFAC-Mandated PLA
AGC EVENTS
Register for First Ever AGC Utility Infrastructure Conference at ICUEE
Take Advantage of AGC Highway Contractors Conference Early Bird Rates: Register Today!
Attend the 19th Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
Early Bird Registration Opens for Winter FIC Meeting
TRANSPORTATION
Use August Recess to Tell Your Congressman: Finish Work on Highway & Transit Bill
AGC Member Videos Highlight Message
 

With the Senate completing action on a six-year transportation reauthorization bill before the August recess, focus has shifted to the House. The House has indicated that they will work on their version of a long-term highway & transit bill when they return to Washington after Labor Day. Use your Congressman’s time in the state to meet with them on the importance of passing a long-term, fully funded transportation bill.  Resources to help you schedule meetings can be found on the Hardhats for Highway “Meet with Congress” page.  Please follow up your meetings with an email to your House Representative, reminding them to focus on passing a long-term highway & transit bill after the August recess.

As part of our efforts to urge Congress to pass the bill, AGC of America has developed a new video of contractors and construction workers calling on Congress to “stop kicking the can.”  To help spread the message, please also email this video to your members of Congress and share through social media.  It is important that all members of the House of Representatives hear from their constituents about the need to complete action on a six-year bill.

For more information, talking points and additional social media materials, please visit Hardhats for Highways or contact Brynn Huneke at brynn.huneke@agc.org or (703) 837-5376.  Return to Top

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2016 ELECTIONS
Trump Is Here to Stay….For Now, Says Prognosticator
 

The topic de jour of the national media, political scientists, and pundits is Donald Trump.  The bombastic businessman’s rise in the polls has defied political logic and left many Washington insiders puzzled.  Conventional wisdom would dictate that the campaign was doomed following Trump’s critical and unrefined remarks on immigrants, Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.), and Fox News anchor and GOP debate moderator Megyn Kelly.  However, RealClearPolitics polling average shows Mr. Trump leading nationally as well as in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

With a double digit lead in most of the polls, is it fair to classify him as the GOP frontrunner?  According to RealClearPolitics Senior Elections Analyst Sean Trende, the answer is no.  He wrote, “While it is wrong to dismiss any analyst who takes Trump seriously, it is likewise wrong – indeed it is probably morewrong – to look at polling today and conclude that Trump is the favorite for the nomination.  Being the frontrunner is about more than just the polls – factors like fundraising and party support, do matter – and we have plenty of examples of late summer/fall boomlets in primaries that ultimately fall apart.”

Trende supports his assertion by noting that in the summers of 2003, 2007, and 2011, polling showed different candidates leading than those who went on to claim their party’s nomination.  In 2003, then-Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) led the Democratic field with 18 percent, but lost to then-Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).  Four years later, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and then-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani were atop their party’s polls. Neither went on to win the nomination, losing out to then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.).  Finally in 2011, then-Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) was ascending the polls having gone from 5 percent in June to 32 percent in September only to fall to former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.).

Trende also wrote, “The point is, this is historically a “shopping period” for primary voters. They try out different flavors, explore their strengths and weaknesses, and . . . abandon them at the drop of a hat.”

While Trump enjoys a lead of 17-26 percent in national polls, it is important to remember that three-quarters or more of Republicans are picking someone else.  With 16 other candidates in the race, the “Not Trump” vote is easily diluted. 

In the coming months the field will winnow itself down, giving rise to a clearer front runner. This may happen sooner rather than later with the recent revelations that Gov. Perry’s campaign has stopped paying its staff.  Trump holds a plurality of the vote now, but that may become very difficult for him to sustain when voters, who are currently split, unite behind a handful of candidates. 

For more information, please contact David Ashinoff at ashinoffd@agc.org or (202) 547-5013. Return to Top

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LABOR
AGC Opposes NAVFAC-Mandated PLA
 

Recently, AGC sent a letter opposing the possible use of a project labor agreement (PLA) mandate posted by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington (NAVFAC). The letter addresses the possible use of mandatory PLA involving the construction of temporary medical facilities at NSA Bethesda, Bethesda, Maryland.

AGC neither supports nor opposes contractors’ voluntary use of PLAs on government projects, but strongly opposes any government mandate for contractors’ use of PLAs. AGC is committed to free and open competition for publicly funded work, and believes that the lawful labor relations policies and practices of private construction contractors should not be a factor in a government agency’s selection process.

For more information please contact Jimmy Christianson at 703-837-5325 or christiansonj@agc.org. Return to Top

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AGC EVENTS
Register for First Ever AGC Utility Infrastructure Conference at ICUEE
Deadline to Reserve Your Hotel Room is Fast Approaching
 

AGC will host its first ever Utility Infrastructure Conference, Sept. 29–Oct. 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join other contractors, owners and key industry constituents involved in every aspect of utility infrastructure construction for high-quality education sessions, the premier utility construction equipment expo, and networking opportunities.

This year’s conference will be co-located with the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), which is the largest industry event focused exclusively on the utility infrastructure market, with over 17,000 industry professionals attending ICUEE 2013. All conference sessions will take place inside the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sessions will focus on subjects such as the utility construction economic outlook, the challenges and opportunities in managing a multigenerational workforce, and how OSHA’s new Confined Space Entry final rule will impact utility construction contractors. AGC will also host a legislative & regulatory update on the Expo Demo Stage and will partner with the Common Ground Alliance for an Underground Damage Prevention lunch.

For more information, please visit meetings.agc.org/utility or contact Scott Berry at berrys@agc.org. Return to Top

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Take Advantage of AGC Highway Contractors Conference Early Bird Rates: Register Today!
More Information at meetings.agc.org/highway
 

Get up-to-date information on a variety of issues that will impact the highway and transportation construction markets over the next year. The 2015 AGC Highway Contractors Conference will be held Nov. 5-7, 2015, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.  Industry professionals from companies involved in building highway, bridge, transit, airport runway and rail projects will benefit from this conference.  The conference will feature presentations and discussions on major trends in highway construction, including:

  • Washington Legislative & Regulatory Update
  • State & Local Funding Initiatives
  • Social Media in Advocacy
  • Construction Technology
  • Use of Drones in Construction
  • Risk Management

For more information, please visit meetings.agc.org/highway or contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org. Return to Top

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Attend the 19th Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
Register Now and Save at meetings.agc.org/agc_cfma
 

Jointly sponsored by AGC and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), the 19th Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference will be held Nov. 4-6, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev. This three-day conference offers programs and workshops designed specifically for financial professionals in the construction industry. The 32 interactive sessions will cover the latest industry issues and their financial implications.

Register by Friday, Sept. 4 for special “Early Bird” discounts.  Additional discounts are available for subsequent registrations from the same firm.  Participants may earn up to 20 continuing professional education (CPE) credits for attending. 

For more information, please visit meetings.agc.org/agc_cfma or contact Brynn Huneke at brynn.huneke@agc.org Return to Top
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Early Bird Registration Opens for Winter FIC Meeting
 

AGC has opened early-bird registration for the Winter 2016 AGC Financial Issues Committee Meeting, which will be held Jan. 13-14, 2016 at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. Meeting agenda and activities will be available on the meeting website in the coming weeks.

The Financial Issues Committee works to identify key issues developing in Tax, GAAP and Financial Leadership and advocate at AGC’s high level of quality for policies, standards and education that benefit the betterment of the construction industry.  Approximately 40 member company CFOs and other senior accounting professionals regularly attend the AGC Financial Issues Committee meetings.  The Committee is geared toward member company CFOs, Controllers, Tax Directors and other senior accounting professionals – in which attendees have an opportunity to learn as well as formulate positions on tax and accounting matters that directly affect AGC member companies.

Meetings center around discussions with FASB reps, practitioners, and financial officer breakout groups on topics including enterprise risk management, project performance reviews and using technology in operations or accounting functions. Attendees also have an opportunity to network and discuss a wide variety of topics, including: audit issues faced by construction companies; congressional action on tax policy; and an economic outlook for the industry.

For more information visit meetings.agc.org/fic or contact Brian Lenihan at lenihanb@agc.org Return to Top

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