Construction Law

February 5, 2015

Members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee held a joint hearing to examine the state and local impact of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule expanding jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

February 5, 2015
On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to mark up seven expired tax provisions, aiming to make permanent certain benefits related to conservation easements, S corporations and business expensing in tax code, among other items. The House is expected to take up the committee bills next week. AGC will continue to advocate for passage of the following bills next week in the House and through the Senate:
February 5, 2015
Last Friday, and what came as a surprise for many supporters, Gov. Mitt Romney stated that he will not pursue the White House for a third time.  Much speculation is occurring as to how this development affects the remaining GOP presidential aspirants. 
January 16, 2015

An archive of each session of AGC’s recent two-part webinar on Understanding the Davis-Bacon Act and the New Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Law is now available for purchase and immediate viewing from AGC’s online bookstore.  Visit http://store.agc.org/ and search for product codes WB294 and WB295.  Be sure to login to see member pricing.

January 16, 2015
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) recently introduced the “Government Neutrality in Contracting Act” (S. 71) in the Senate. This legislation would prohibit federal contracting agencies from mandating that contractors and unions enter project labor agreements (PLAs) on direct federal projects. In addition, the bill would preserve the right of contractors and unions to voluntarily negotiate and execute project labor agreements on federal projects, if they so choose.
January 16, 2015
Last week, the campaign arm of House Republicans – the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) – issued a press release claiming Democrats want to raise the gas tax.  Not only was the press release irresponsible, but it was inaccurate.  As the 114th Congress began last week, Democrats and Republicans jumped into the discussion of potential Highway Trust Fund solutions and members of both parties acknowledged that the need to keep all options on the table – including a gas tax increase.
January 15, 2015
In preparation for Election Day 2014, thousands visited ConstructionVotes.com to access voter registration materials and Get-Out-the-Vote resources. AGC of America thanks you for your efforts in helping to encourage colleagues, family members and friends to register to vote and vote on Election Day.
January 15, 2015
On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee conducted its first hearing under new Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). The focus of the hearing was the macro view of the U.S. economy and the central tenets needed for sustained job creation, wages, and economic growth – policies under the jurisdiction of the committee needing reforms – taxes, international trade, and entitlement reforms.  During his remarks, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) highlighted the need to take advantage of low fuel prices to incrementally increase the federal tax on gasoline.
January 15, 2015
Last week, nearly 50 member company CFOs and other senior accounting professionals attended the AGC Financial Issues Committee (FIC) Winter Meeting in Florida. Committee members were brought up to speed on FASB standards and IRS regulations, including recent tax court rulings by means of a tax discussion with John Armour, CBIZ MHM, and Timothy Wilson, BKD. Attendees heard from Cullen Walsh, FASB senior staff, about ongoing projects such as Lease Accounting and hot topics in IRS Examinations by Jeanne Wierman, IRS Construction Technical Advisor. An economic outlook was provided by Ken Simonson, AGC Chief Economist, and a discussion about the status of federal legislation and politics with Brian Lenihan of AGC and Dean Zerbe, Alliant Group National Managing Director, shed light on the ramifications of the elections on tax reform in the coming years.
January 9, 2015
Today, marking one of the first legislative actions of the new Congress, the House passed H.R. 30, the Saving American Workers Act of 2015, by a bipartisan vote of 252-172.  Twelve Democrats crossed party lines and supported the bill. The bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) definition of full-time employee as 30 hours of service per week and replace it with the more traditional 40-hour definition. The ACA's employer mandate to provide coverage to all full-time employees became effective beginning with plan years on or after Jan. 1, 2015. Previous delays of the ACA employer mandate did nothing to change the law's underlining full-time definition of 30 hours-of-service per week.

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