AGC Advocacy Report
Michael Gifford, AGC President & CEO
June 21, 2019AGC Meets with CO Speaker of the House KC BeckerAGC CEO Michael Gifford met with Colorado Speaker of the House KC Becker to learn more about Proposition CC, a referred measure on the Nov 2019 ballot that could provide up to $1+ billion in additional funding for higher education, K-12 and transportation.Click here to read the Colorado Sun Article on Potential Tabor Refund and Referred Measure Prop CC.StateAGC to Weigh-In on State Sales & Use Tax PracticesThe state’s Legislative Sales & Use Tax Simplification Task Force is planning to discuss use tax at their next meeting on July 22nd, 2019. The task force is asking what our sales & use tax coalition would like to discuss - specifically around use tax. While AGC has some info on problems from millwork to equipment rental, we need more specific examples of what issues need to be addressed. If you have specific input please contact Michael Gifford at the AGC office at email@example.com or 303-388-2422.PERA Loses 1.8 billion in 2018 – New Rules Kick InColorado’s public pension system lost $1.8 billion on its investments in 2018, a 3.5% drop for the system that funds the retirement plans of 600,000 Coloradans. Under a bill approved in 2018 to protect the system from economic shocks, two safeguards will kick in next year. Public employees and taxpayer-funded agencies in 2020 will see their pension contributions increase. And retirees will see their annual cost-of-living raises drop to 1.25% a year, down from the 1.5% annual increase that was negotiated in last year’s reforms. Before the new law, it was 2% a year. The new system was set up to make sure the system stays solvent without unduly taxing Colorado businesses and citizens.LocalHelp Defeat Ballot Question 200, the 1% Residential Growth LimitationBallot Question 200 is a July 2, 2019 ballot measure in Lakewood that would limit residential construction to 1% growth annually. AGC recommends a no vote on 200.Lakewood has about 68,000 residential units so Initiative 200, if approved, would limit future development to 680 units a year (a 300-unit apartment complex counts as 300 units). Polling suggests that Initiative 200 could pass if a No campaign is not funded.
Why Defeat 200?The Denver region is already 58,000 housing units short of what we need for our current population. If 200 passes, housing will be in shorter supply and the metro area will become even more unaffordable. Business relocations will decline, and the economy will slow. Plus, the idea could spread to other cities like Aurora, Colorado Springs, Denver and Ft. Collins, making things even worse. Ballots will mail to registered voters in Lakewood in early June.Commercial Construction Industry GoalAGC’s Michael Gifford is on the Executive Committee of the No on 200 campaign. AGC’s goal representing the industry is to raise $50,000 for the campaign (the total budget is $500,000 so we are 10% of the budget).General Contractors Annual Volume Contribution$50+ million annual volume $1,000Under $50 million annual volume $500
Specialty Contractors Annual Volume Contribution$25+ million annual volume $500Under $25 million annual volume $250
Construction Suppliers & Associate MembersConstruction Suppliers and Associate Members are strongly encouraged to participate.All Suppliers & Associate Members $100-250Email Michael Gifford at AGC at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contribution amount*Make your check payable to AGC, 1114 W. 7th Ave., Denver, CO 80204. Drop off the check at AGC, mail it in, or call us to pick it up. AGC will contribute to the campaign.Please call Michael Gifford, AGC President with questions at 303-388-2422*Ask for an emailed invoice if you want oneFederalAGC Provides Input on Proposed DOL Revisions to Regular Rate of Pay RegulationsOn June 12, AGC submitted comments to the U. S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) updating the regulations governing regular rate requirements for the first time in more than 50 years. Regular rate requirements define what forms of payment employers include and exclude in the "time and one-half" calculation when determining workers' overtime rates. The NPRM focused primarily on clarifying whether certain kinds of perks, benefits, or other miscellaneous items must be included in the regular rate. Because these regulations have not been updated in decades, the proposal's intent is to better define the regular rate for today's workplace practices. Read MoreAGC Submits Comments in Response to the RFI Issued by OSHAOn June 10, AGC and its coalition partners submitted comments in response to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) request for information on issues related to requirements in the standards on powered industrial trucks for general, maritime, and construction industries. OSHA has sought information regarding the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks, maintenance and retrofitting of powered industrial trucks, how to regulate older powered industrial trucks, the types of accidents and injuries associated with operation of powered industrial trucks, the costs and benefits of retrofitting powered industrial trucks with safety features, and the costs and benefits of all other components of a safety program including operator training. Read More