Construction Legislative Week in Review
www.agc.org June 9, 2016
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INFRASTRUCTURE
Puerto Rico Financial Crisis Legislation Passes in House
LABOR
Construction Employers Call on Congress to Enact Multiemployer Pension Reform
2016 ELECTIONS
AGC Launches Podcast, Highlights 2016 Elections in First Episode
TRANSPORTATION
AGC Webinar Explains Mileage-Based User Fee
INFRASTRUCTURE
Puerto Rico Financial Crisis Legislation Passes in House
AGC Supports Sensible Fiscal Reform for Path Forward
 

Today, the House passed legislation to address the financial crisis in Puerto Rico. The AGC-backed bill would create a debt-restructuring process, empower a federal oversight board to supervise the territory’s fiscal affairs and create a redevelopment authority —with no taxpayer dollars used for a bailout— that will help rebuild Puerto Rico’s infrastructure. As it stands, many Puerto Rican government entities are unable to pay contractors for work completed on government construction projects and the public and private construction markets there remain on life support.

For more information, contact Jeff Shoaf at shoafj@agc.org or (202) 547-3350. Return to Top

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LABOR
Construction Employers Call on Congress to Enact Multiemployer Pension Reform
 

This week, AGC joined a group of construction employer associations in a letter to Congressional leaders calling for multiemployer pension reform. The letter highlighted how imperative it is for Congress to authorize composite plans for multiemployer plans as soon as possible. Composite Plans enjoy strong support from both labor and management in the construction industry stakeholders and we don’t think paralysis should set in because of the Treasury Department’s rejection of the Central States Rescue plan.  In fact, we think it makes a stronger case for action now on Composite Plans.  

For more information, please contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or (202) 547-0133. Return to Top

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2016 ELECTIONS
AGC Launches Podcast, Highlights 2016 Elections in First Episode
 

This week AGC launched ConstructorCast, a new monthly podcast that explores in depth issues affecting the construction industry. For our first episode, we speak with David Ashinoff, AGC of America’s Director of AGC PAC & Political Advocacy, about the 2016 elections and what the association is doing to support the industry’s interests through the process. Listen to the full episode here.  

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

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TRANSPORTATION
AGC Webinar Explains Mileage-Based User Fee
 

AGC is hosting a free webinar on June 21 from 1:30-3:00 PM EDT to explain how mileage-based user fees can be used as a next generation revenue source for funding highway and bridge improvement projects at the federal and state levels. The recently enacted FAST Act included $95 million in grant funding for states to use for pilot programs to test implementation of alternative user fee systems. Since the gas tax user fee has become a less reliable funding source because of more fuel efficient vehicles, use of alternative fuels, and the political difficulties of increasing the fee, transportation advocates have been looking for other revenue sources.

This free AGC webinar will feature experts who will discuss using a mileage-based user fee to fund future transportation construction projects, state pilot programs to test the concept and federal grant funds available to support the pilots.

Members and chapters are encouraged to participate and to invite state and local DPT officials to join in as well.

For more information, please contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319. Return to Top

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