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Making Work Zones Safer: PA Senate Passes Camera Bill

Work zones in Pennsylvania will soon get a little safer. A bill to put speed cameras in active construction zones on the state's highways, as well as the turnpike, was approved by the Pennsylvania Senate on Oct....


Congress Finishes Work on Perkins Reauthorization

On July 25, the House approved the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), sending the legislation to President Trump for his signature. This action comes on the heels of Senate passage on July 23....


Act to Boost Career, Tech Education to Address Worker Shortage

Congressional Approval is an Important Step in Addressing Skills Gap by Making It Easier for School Officials to Set up and Support Programs Exposing Students to High-Paying Careers Like ConstructionThe chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E....


Maryland Passes Law to Hold GCs Liable When Subs Exploit Construction Workers

On April 5, 2018, Maryland Senate Bill 853 was enacted into law as Chapter 17. The new law, which takes effect on Oct. 1, 2018, will hold general construction contractors liable for state wage violations when their subcontractors take advantage of their workforce and do not pay wages and benefits on-time as required by law....


Gas Tax Bolsters State's Road Maintenance Funding

A higher gas tax that took effect July 1, 2017 has brought in millions of dollars to help pay for much-needed improvements to South Carolina's roads and bridges. According to Christy Hall, head of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the agency anticipates receiving around $149 million in 2018 for these projects, The State reported....


SC&RA Lauds Wisconsin Bill Projected to Save Millions for the Specialized Transportation Industry

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association applauds the Wisconsin Senate for passing Senate Bill 186 Milwaukee County High-Wide Route into law, Nov. 30, which is a first-of-its-kind win for the specialized transportation sector....


Senate Works Toward Tax Cuts But Makes No Provision to Boost Transportation Funding

The Senate took up tax-cutting legislation that makes no attempt to shore up long-term transportation funding, and which includes an "advance refunding" bond provision that would work against a debt-refinancing technique states and other government entities use to reduce their project costs....


Trump: Infrastructure Plan Coming After Tax Code Changes

President Trump announced Nov. 20 that he will reveal his infrastructure package proposal once Congress passes changes to the tax code. So far, the House passed a tax plan the week of Nov. 13, while the Senate is still working....


Proposed Tax Plan May Increase Stadium Construction Costs

The new GOP tax plan could mean less lavish sports stadiums. The federal government has allowed municipalities to pay for stadium construction and renovation projects with tax free bonds since 2000 — which has cost the feds $3.7 billion, Bloomberg reported....


New York's Scaffold Law Could Needlessly Add $300M to the Cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project

Common Good, the nonpartisan reform coalition, released Oct. 17 an analysis of New York's obsolete, 19th-century Scaffold Law, which finds that it could add $300 million needlessly to the cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project....






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