AGC Advocacy Report
Michael Gifford, AGC President & CEO
October 11, 2019
AGC CEO Michael Gifford Met with State Legislators at Colorado Civil Justice League Event on 10-11-19 in DenverLocal
AGC Supports Initiative 2C on Nov. 2019 Ballot in Colorado Springs
AGC is supporting Initiative 2C on the Nov. 2019 ballot in Colorado Springs with both an endorsement and a $5,000 contribution to the YES on 2C Campaign. CCA has partnered with AGC to make an additional $5,000 contribution. 2C would produce $55 million a year for road improvements for the next 5 years. AGC supported the original 2C in 2015 and made a contribution to the YES on 2C Campaign. The $250M in transportation improvements over the last 5 years have contributed to the economic resurgence and increased commercial building activity in the city.
Carbon Tax Qualifies for Nov. 2020 Ballot in Denver
Carbon Tax proponents turned in enough valid signature last month to qualify for the Nov. 2020 ballot. An earlier attempt by the same group to get their measure on the Nov 2019 ballot failed by 2,000 signatures. In addition, AGC worked with CREA to stop the City Council from referring a carbon tax measure to the Nov. 2019 ballot. AGC and CREA (Colorado Real Estate Alliance) will participate in a Denver stakeholder group in 2020 to address this issue going forward. AGC is a founding member of CREA and Michael Gifford serves on the CREA Executive Committee.State
AGC Weighs In on State Minimum Wage Order
Several progressive groups and the carpenters union are attempting to get the construction industry added to the state’s Minimum Wage Order. Construction was last in the Minimum Wage Order in 1998. While construction pays above minimum wage, there are other parts of the order that have not traditionally worked well in the industry, like mandatory break periods and the minimum salary for exempt status. AGC has submitted comments to this effect and is meeting with the Governor’s Office and the Colorado Dept of Labor and Employment to explain our position. Stay tuned as this process moves forward.
AGC Supports Prop CC to Increase Funding for K-12, Higher Ed and Transportation
In 2019, the state legislature referred Prop CC to the Nov 05, 2019 ballot. Prop CC would allow the state to retain revenue that would otherwise be returned to Colorado taxpayers, and invest the funds equally in K-12, Higher Ed and Transportation, without raising taxes. The estimate for the next several years would be an additional $100M to $200M for each of the 3 areas. AGC has endorsed the measure as a way to fund additional education and transportation investment and has contributed $15,000 to the Yes Campaign.
AGC & Partners Fight 1% Residential Growth Limit Measure on Nov 2020 State Ballot
Last month proponents filed a statewide 1% residential growth limit measure and it was approved by the state Title Setting Board as Prop 122. AGC is on the group that is challenging the measure. AGC and partners asked for a rehearing which will be held in October. AGC is analyzing this version and may work with partners to challenge Prop 122 at the Colorado Supreme Court before it can start collecting the required 125,000 signatures to get it on the ballot. AGC helped stop a similar measure (Prop 66) from reaching the ballot in 2018.
New Executive Orders to Protect Against Back-Door Regulation
AGC Supports EOs that Would Bring More Transparency
On Oct. 9, the president signed two executive orders (EO) that would make it more difficult for federal agencies to regulate through guidance and policy documents that are not otherwise subject to public comment or notice requirements under law. The first EO would require: (1) federal agencies to establish procedures for the public to petition for withdrawal or modification of guidance documents; (2) a public and comment period for significant guidance documents (having an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more in costs); and (3) agencies establish a public, searchable website with their guidance documents, with those not appearing on the site effectively being rescinded. The second EO would help protect against secret or unlawful agency interpretations of regulations or unfair or unexpected penalties. AGC has long supported efforts to bring more transparency and opportunity for public comment on the oftentimes opaque agency process of issuing guidance documents that can have the practical impact of regulation on the construction industry. Read More
Now Accepting Applications for the 21st Annual AGC CSEA
The AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA), sponsored by Willis Towers Watson, is the industry's elite safety excellence awards program. The CSEA recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and risk control programs and showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvement and maintenance of their safety and health management systems. Don't miss this opportunity to be recognized for your best-in-class safety program! For more information on the CSEA program, please visit www.agc.org/csea. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 13, 2019.
AGC Receives Susan Harwood Training Grant
As fiscal year (FY) 2020 begins, AGC has been awarded over $160,000 through the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. These federal safety and health training grants were awarded to 79 non-profit organizations nationwide and will provide education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures, and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. With this funding, AGC will provide 7.5 hours of crane hazards in construction training to 510 construction workers. Training will be offered in English and Spanish. Read More