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From the monthly archives: July 2013

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White House Plan Would Mean Billion Dollar Tax Hike for Contractors, Small Businesses

The White House corporate tax reform proposal unveiled by President Barack Obama in Chattanooga, Tenn., is no ‘grand bargain,’ said ABC. Obama’s plan consists of the same corporate tax cuts proposed last year paired with new stimulus spending for infrastructure and manufacturing paid for with one-time tax revenue.

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NLRB Fully Staffed After Senate Confirms Five Members

The U.S. Senate voted July 30 in favor of five presidential nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). They included new members Nancy Schiffer (D) and Kent Hirozawa (D), as well as NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce (D), who was reconfirmed. Two Republicans, Harry Johnson III (R), Philip Miscimarra (R), were also confirmed by voice vote. 

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ABC Sends Concerns About DOL Initiatives to New Secretary of Labor

After Thomas E. Perez was sworn in as the new Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) July 23, ABC sent a letter congratulating him on his confirmation and asking him to consider ABC’s concerns regarding DOL initiatives. 

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House Passes Bill to Avert EPA Regulation of Coal Ash

The U.S. House of Representatives July 25 passed in a bipartisan vote of 265-155 to pass the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2218), which would establish a baseline for coal combustion residuals (CCR) disposal while maximizing flexibility for individual states. 

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ABC’s 2013 Congressional Recess Grassroots Toolkit

Congress is going on recess. And ABC members have a valuable opportunity to meet with legislators, develop a genuine rapport and communicate the critical issues facing the construction industry. To help members take make the most of the recess, ABC has put together a 2013 Congressional Recess Grassroots Toolkit.

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Nonresidential Fixed Investment in Structures Expands 4.6 Percent

Nonresidential fixed investment in structures expanded 4.6 percent on an annualized basis during the second quarter of 2013, according to the July 31 gross domestic product (GDP) report by the U.S. Commerce Department. This increase followed a 4.6 percent decline in the first quarter of the year.

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CURT Skilled Workforce Summit Sept. 11

The Construction Users Roundtable will be holding their Fall Skilled Workforce Summit Sept. 11 in Naples, Fla. Learn more andregister on CURT’s website.

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Free ConsensusDocs Webinar on Teaming Agreements

ABC members are invited to join a free ConsensusDocs webinar August 20 led by two industry attorneys who will use the ConsensusDocs Teaming Agreement to guide you through the critical terms and conditions that should be included in every teaming agreement. The webinar will also cover issues that should be considered on a team-by-team and project-by-project basis. Register here.

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Education Director

The Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) an affiliate of Associated Builders & Contractors of Greater Houston is searching for a Director of Education to lead the foundation through a challenging expansion program. CMEF provides NCCER craft training, assessments, and performance verifications for ABC members and the general industry; supports high school CTE programs and other Workforce Development initiatives; and runs various other training programs as demanded by the construction industry. A majority of the funding is provided by the industrial owners group on a ‘cents per work hour’ program. ABC of Greater Houston serves both the Commercial and Industrial sectors of the construction industry.

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White House Plan Would Mean Billion Dollar Tax Hike for Contractors, Small Businesses

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement in response to the White House corporate tax reform proposal unveiled by President Obama in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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