Construction Legislative Week in Review
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ENVIRONMENT & SAFETY
Government Seeks To Pursue OSHA Violations Using Enhanced Environmental Penalties
UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE
AGC Pushes for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Funding
LABOR
AGC Opposes Revised EEO-1 Report with Compensation and Hours-worked Data
TAX
President, AGC Call on Congress to Move Tax Reform
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Got Change Orders Problems?
Register TODAY for Federal Contractors Conference
2016 ELECTIONS
Cruz & Sanders Win in Wisconsin
ENVIRONMENT & SAFETY
Government Seeks To Pursue OSHA Violations Using Enhanced Environmental Penalties
 

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched anew hard-hitting enforcement initiative to crack down on violations of worker safety and environmental laws.  AGC members are urged to take note that the federal government seeks to investigate and enforce alleged safety violations in conjunction with environmental crimes, which carry much harsher fines and significant jail time. In its announcement, the Department stated its belief that environmental offenses often occur in conjunction with worker safety violations. Given the government’s coordinated response and potential ramifications for industry, AGC members may want to consider the benefits of pursing an integrated health, safety and environmental program.  For a more in-depth look at this initiative, please click here.

For more information, please contact AGC’s Leah Pilconis at pilconisl@agc.org (environmental matters) or AGC’s Kevin Cannon at cannonk@agc.org (safety and health matters). Return to Top

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UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE
AGC Pushes for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Funding
 

The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing today concerning “the Federal Role in Keeping Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Affordable.” AGC’s testimony emphasized several financing tools that would help contractors and their local government partners build the nation’s water/wastewater infrastructure. AGC also called for increased appropriations to the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds (SRFs), enacting a long-term dedicated revenue stream for water/wastewater infrastructure (like a water trust fund), resurrecting the Build America bonds program, funding the new WIFIA program of direct federal loans and loan guarantees, and unlocking private capital by making private activity bonds for water and sewer exempt from the PAB volume cap. AGC and its coalition partners in the Water Infrastructure Network will continue to advocate for every method of increasing funding and financing for water/wastewater infrastructure.

For more information, please contact Scott Berry at berrys@agc.org or (703) 837-5321. Return to Top

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LABOR
AGC Opposes Revised EEO-1 Report with Compensation and Hours-worked Data
 

On April 1, AGC submitted comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission opposing its proposal to revise the Employer Information Report. The proposal would allow the commission to collect compensation and hours-worked data (in addition to already collected race and gender data) from all employers with 100 or more employees.  AGC’s comments explain that the collection of wage data are unnecessary by showing, through data collected by the Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program, that there is no evidence that wage discrimination exists in construction.  A more detailed summary of AGC’s comments can be found here.  AGC will continue to monitor the developments of the proposal and will keep members informed. 

For more information, please contact Tamika Carter at cartert@agc.org or (703) 837-5382. Return to Top

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TAX
President, AGC Call on Congress to Move Tax Reform
 

President Obama pushed for tax reform today, urging Congress to close corporate loopholes that allow firms to legally avoid paying taxes.  The president’s plan, however, would not lower the individual tax rate, which a majority of AGC members use to file their taxes as pass-through entities. AGC continues to meet with key congressional decision-makers and staff to advocate for comprehensive changes to the tax code that lowers the rates for all business types, reduces the effective tax rate on construction companies, simplifies the tax code and uses reform as an opportunity to shore up infrastructure trust funds and expand infrastructure incentives.

For more information, please contact Brian Lenihan at lenihanb@agc.org or (202) 547-4733. Return to Top

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FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Got Change Orders Problems?
Let AGC Know How Bad They Are
 

Change orders are a way of life on any construction projects. However, that is no excuse for federal agencies taking many months or even years to process and pay change orders.  Please complete this brief survey to help AGC gauge how bad the change order process is on your federal construction projects. All survey responses are anonymous and allow AGC to better articulate the problems you face when working for federal construction agencies.

Complete the survey here.

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

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Register TODAY for Federal Contractors Conference
Save $75 on Registration Fee; Held May 10-11 in DC
 

Register before TOMORROW, April 8 for the 2016 AGC Federal Contractors Conference (FedCon) and save $75 off the registration fee. FedCon—held May 10-11 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.—is the premier conference for federal construction contractors to discuss the latest projects, policies, and contracting issues facing the industry with federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facility Engineering Command, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, General Services Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of State, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Bureau of Reclamation.

For more information and to register, go to http://meetings.agc.org/fedcon/ Return to Top

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2016 ELECTIONS
Cruz & Sanders Win in Wisconsin
 

Both Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bernie Sanders (I/D-Vt.) handily exceeded expectations in Wisconsin last night.  Cruz, in particular, had an impressive night, hovering around the 50 percent mark throughout the counting and finished two points under the majority threshold.  Donald Trump notched only 35 percent, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) came up short with just 14 percent. In the all-important delegate count, Sen. Cruz scored a 36-6 delegate victory over Trump, with Kasich being shut out. 

Sen. Sanders also finished stronger than expected in defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with his sixth victory in a row.  He notched just over 56 percent of the vote, but that allowed him to claim only 53 percent of the Wisconsin delegate base.  Needing only one-third of the remaining delegates in the 21 states yet to vote, Ms. Clinton’s approximate 47 percent share still met her quota even though she suffered a stinging statewide defeat.

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

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