Construction Legislative Week in Review
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2016 ELECTIONS
2016 Election Results: AGC PAC Successful in Electing Candidates Friendly to the Construction Industry
Construction Wins Big on Bond Initiatives, Ballot Initiatives Raise Questions
AGC Analyzes Potential Impact of Trump Administration on Construction Industry---Webinar Recording Available
AGC Analyzes Potential Impact of Trump Administration on Labor & Employment, Healthcare, Immigration and Workforce Policy
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Register Now for the 2017 Federal Contractors Conference
2016 ELECTIONS
2016 Election Results: AGC PAC Successful in Electing Candidates Friendly to the Construction Industry
 

In the 2016 House and Senate elections, AGC PAC supported 26 candidates for Senate and 174 candidates for the House of Representatives. Of the 26 (23 Republican | 3 Democrat) Senate candidates, AGC PAC supported, 22 of them won election to the 115th Congress. The four AGC PAC-backed candidates who lost were Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Kathy Szeliga (R-Md.), and Sen. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).  As of now, the AGC PAC success rating in the Senate is 85 percent. Of the 174 (156 Republican | 18 Democrat) House candidates who received AGC PAC support, 170 of them won election; one race (CA-49) is still outstanding. As of now, the AGC PAC success rating in the House is 98 percent.

Republicans held their Senate majority and could go as high as 52 seats, which would mean losing only two seats if they win the Louisiana run-off on December 10 (they will be favored to do so).  Currently, Republicans hold 51 seats, a net loss of 2.  Democrats hold 48 seats.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Democrats have gained nine seats while losing three for a net pick up of six.  Republicans will maintain their majority in the next Congress with at least 238 members compared to the Democrats current 193.  Four races are still outstanding.

For more information, contact David Ashinoff at ashinoff2@agc.org or (703) 837-5325. Return to Top

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Construction Wins Big on Bond Initiatives, Ballot Initiatives Raise Questions
 

More than a dozen states voted to approve bond issues that build the market and ballot initiative that change the business of construction during the election this week. They ranged from funding for public construction programs to policy considerations dealing with labor, employment, and the environment.

Bonds were a big winner; all eleven statewide bond issues on the ballot successfully passed. On the high end, California’s $9 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges passed by almost eight full percentage points. Elsewhere on the school construction front, New Mexico passed $142 million in bonds for higher education, special, and tribal schools, and Rhode Island passed $45 million in bonds for higher education – each by double digit margins. Rhode Island also passed $182 million in bonds for veterans housing, affordable housing, port infrastructure, and environmental projects – each again by double digit margins. New Mexico passed $15 million for senior facility bonds and $18 million in public safety infrastructure improvements.  Casino funding however, was a loser for this election cycle. Voters in Massachusetts, rejected a new slots-only facility license, and New Jersey rejected two new casinos in northern counties (which would have ended Atlantic City’s monopoly on casinos in the state). 

On the transportation front, Illinois was overwhelmingly successful in firewalling its transportation funds with its transportation lockbox proposal. New Jersey also passed its initiative to dedicate all its gas tax revenue to its transportation trust fund. Louisiana successfully dedicated certain revenues in the states “rainy day fund” toward transportation, after an unsuccessful attempt to do something similar in 2015. Maine approved $100 million in new transportation bonds by more than 20 points.

On the policy side of things, Alabama and Virginia split the “Right to Work” amendments to their respective states’ constitutions regarding mandatory membership in unions, with Virginia rejecting and Alabama approving. South Dakota (already a “Right to Work” state) rejected allowing unions to charge a fee to nonmembers who receive the benefits of their services without paying into the system. All four states (Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington) that were considering minimum wage increases passed them. Of those four, Arizona and Washington include mandatory paid sick leave as part of the minimum wage increase provisions. Nine states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota) had some form of either medical or recreational marijuana on the ballot, only one of them (Arizona) rejected it. On the energy front, Floridians rejected a measure that would have provided property tax exemptions for solar power and renewable energy equipment installed in home, commercial, and industrial property. Washington attempted to become the first state to impose a carbon tax on fossil fuels and energy generated from them (while also lowering the state sales tax so as to remain revenue neutral), but fell far short. California is considering a measure that would require voter approval of revenue bonds over $2 billion, currently there is no requirement for voter approval at any amount, and that ballot initiative is too close to call at press time. 

AGC will continue to monitor these provisions on statewide ballots. For more information contact Scott Berry at berrys@agc.org or (703) 837-5321. Return to Top

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AGC Analyzes Potential Impact of Trump Administration on Construction Industry---Webinar Recording Available
 

AGC CEO Steve Sandherr and AGC’s Congressional Relations staff conducted a webinar this afternoon that covered the election impact on the congressional and executive branch activities that impact the construction industry.

To listen and view the webinar visit: http://files.agc.org/webinars/education/index.php?webinar=WB415 Return to Top

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AGC Analyzes Potential Impact of Trump Administration on Labor & Employment, Healthcare, Immigration and Workforce Policy
 

With the election over, AGC has begun looking towards 2017 and the potential impact a new Trump Administration will have on labor and employment, healthcare, immigration and workforce policy and its effects on the construction industry. AGC has put together an analysis of these policies and what we expect to see out of the new administration. 

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

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FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Register Now for the 2017 Federal Contractors Conference
Save $50 on Registration Fee
 

Register today for the 2017 AGC Federal Contractors Conference (FEDCON) and save $50 off the registration fee. FEDCON 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.

In addition to substantive discussions and presentations with federal agencies, attendees will hear from legal experts about the latest federal regulations that will impact their businesses and may have the opportunity to continue a dialogue with federal agencies after the conference. Leading federal construction attorneys will address executive orders, Small Business Administration and Federal Acquisition Regulation rules, and case law trends your company needs to know to work in the federal market. And, when the conference concludes, AGC member attendees will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing dialogue and meetings with agency headquarters later in the year.

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

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