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  • December 20, 2017 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congress passed comprehensive tax reform legislation that will lower rates, spur economic growth and impact your construction business for years to come. However, this process did not start as well as it ended for the construction industry (see chart linked here for details on the final bill).

    Initially, the tax reform bill provided little relief for many construction firms organized as pass-throughs, such as S-corps, limited liability corporations and partnerships; eliminated Private Activity Bonds, essential to the financing of transportation infrastructure, low-income housing and other public construction and public-private partnership projects; and repealed the Historic Tax Credit, critical to the private construction market for the rehabilitation and renovation of historic buildings. 

    Whereas other construction groups endorsed that version of tax reform, AGC did not and continued to fight for a better outcome for our industry. By undertaking a rigorous direct lobbying campaign, connecting construction company CFOs and CPAs with tax writers, and generating thousands of pro-construction messages from members—like you—to key legislators, AGC helped ensure Congress understood the importance of:

    •          Reducing the corporate rate by 14 points;
    •          Lowering individual and pass through rates;
    •          Doubling the estate and gift tax exclusion to $11 million;
    •          Ensuring the tax-exempt status of Private Activity Bonds remained untouched; and
    •          Preventing full repeal of the Historic Tax Credit.

    That stated, there is still much work to be done in our nation's capital in the New Year. Though Congress missed an opportunity to address the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, we remain focused on ensuring that this administration keeps its promise to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. And, we are committed to efforts to modernize multiemployer pension plans for the future, among other priorities for this industry.

    We look forward to providing educational resources and opportunities soon via webinars and in-person conferences—like the AGC Convention—to help you and your construction business plan for future growth under this new tax law.

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,

    Stephen E. Sandherr


  • November 21, 2017 12:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • November 21, 2017 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Did you know business owners could be eligible for up to a total of $510,000 in tax deductions when they purchase qualifying vehicles for their business prior to 12/31/2017? Adding the AGC GM Private Offer, Business Choice and other small business incentives nets businesses an even bigger haul.

    LEARN MORE



  • November 21, 2017 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Willis Towers Watson-AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program for contractors of all types and sizes. So, make sure your members don’t miss the opportunity to get recognized for their best-in-class safety program! The Thanksgiving holiday may even be the perfect time to work on an application, somewhere between the pie and the football tripleheader.

    For more information on the Willis-AGC CSEA program, please visit www.agc.org/csea. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 15, 2017.

    LEARN MORE

  • November 03, 2017 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This past month, ConsensusDocs published two new agreements in an effort to keep subscribers ahead of the curve.

    With the release of ConsensusDocs 230, we now offer a standard prime agreement for construction owners and constructors that provides a best practice industry standard contract with integrated general conditions where the payment is based upon the cost of the work and includes a guaranteed maximum price (GMP). Unlike the ConsensusDocs 500 CM At-Risk agreement that contemplates preconstruction services and a GMP amendment once the design is sufficiently complete, this agreement, ConsensusDocs 230, contemplates a GMP upon contract signing.

    The ConsensusDocs 910 Standard Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement is the first agreement that ConsensusDocs has published that focuses on construction work services that take place after final completion. The agreement provides an off-the-shelf contractual solution for an Owner seeking to procure standalone O&M services. A unique feature of this agreement is that it allows for a flexible one-to-five-year agreement period for which bonds may be provided to meet the challenges of a project with an extended period of performance.

    Learn more here.


  • November 03, 2017 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don't Miss Out! Jan. 10-12, 2018

    The 2018 Winter Safety & Health Conference will take place Jan. 10-12, 2018 at the Hilton in Long Beach, California. Join more than 250 industry professionals and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both a national and local level; assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products; and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts. Full details on the Conference and links to registration and the hotel room block can be found here. For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or cannonk@agc.org or Nazia Shah at (703) 837-5409 or nazia.shah@agc.org.

  • November 03, 2017 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Association Head Invited into Honorary Society Based on AGC's Work Advancing the Sector

     

    AGC of America chief executive officer Stephen Sandherr was inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Construction on October 26th.  Sandherr was invitation to join the select group as a recognition for the many steps the association has taken to advance the interests of the construction industry. The National Academy of Construction's mission is to identify and elect leaders from business, government, academia and connected professions who have made significant contributions to the construction industry, to recognize and honor them and for the members as a whole to provide a unique perspective and services to issues of critical importance.

  • October 10, 2017 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AGC Build America awards honor the country's most groundbreaking projects and the AGC members responsible for leading America's most outstanding construction projects. Here is a how the awards affected one winning firm and helped boost the morale of everyone involved, watch video here.

    With a better understanding of what makes a remarkable project a winning project we encourage you to consider submitting for an AGC Build America Award. For more information about the AGC Build America Awards, please visit https://www.agc.org/about-us/awards-recognition-programs/build-america-awards.


  • September 22, 2017 3:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, September 20, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum to OSHA Regional Administrators announcing how the Agency will handle enforcement of the new silica standard for the construction industry, which takes effect on September 23, 2017.

    The memorandum states that during the first 30 days of enforcement OSHA will not issue citations to contractors who are putting forth good faith efforts in their attempt to comply with the requirements of the new standard. For those contractors attempting to comply, OSHA will offer compliance assistance and outreach with a focus on full and proper implementation of the controls listed in Table 1.  However, if during an inspection it appears that a contractor is not making any effort to comply with the requirements of the silica standard, OSHA’s inspection will include air monitoring for exposures and the contractors may also be considered for citations.  During this time period, any proposed citations are required to be reviewed by the National Office.

    The memorandum also notes that OSHA has developed interim inspection and citation guidance for its compliance officers prior to the termination of the memorandum and that a compliance directive will be issued at a later date.  AGC encourages contractors who have operations in State Plans and are covered by the silica standard, to contact their Administrators to find out if the September 20 memorandum will be acknowledged.

    For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or cannonk@agc.org


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