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services from pile driving to concrete work to commercial building, agrees. Overburdening regulations are greatly reducing profit margins, he says, especially on the smaller end of the spectrum. "Larger companies have more resources to devote to compliance enforcement and management than smaller companies, and often times assist smaller subcontractors. Therefore, competing on the smaller scale - while trying to be in compliance with all the latest rules and regulations - is getting tougher and tougher." For this reason, Fordice will be voting for Trump in November, "because I don't think the industry can stand much AGC PAC CONTRIBUTIONS Although the AGC of America does not endorse federal candidates, its political action committee, AGC PAC, does contribute to congressional campaigns. Here are some of the top races where AGC PAC has contributed to candidates largely based on their proconstruction, pro-business stance. U.S. Senate Florida - Sen. Marco Rubio (R) vs. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) Illinois - Sen. Mark Kirk (R) vs. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D) Pennsylvania - Sen. Pat Toomey (R) vs. Kate McGinty (D) Nevada- Rep. Joe Heck (R) vs. former NV Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto (D) Wisconsin - Sen. Ron Johnson (R) vs. former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) U.S. House California 10 - Rep. Denham (R) vs. Michael Eggman (D) Colorado 6 - Rep. Mike Coffman (R) vs. St. Sen. Morgan Carroll (D) Iowa 3 - Rep. David Young (R) vs. Jim Mowrer (D) Maryland 6 - Rep. Delaney (D) vs. Amie Hoeber (R) Michigan 7 - Rep. Tim Walberg (R) vs. St. Rep. Gretchen Driskell (D) Nevada 4 - Rep. Cresent Hardy (R) vs. St. Sen. Ruben Kihuen (D) New York 24 - Rep. John Katko (R) vs. Colleen Deacon (D) Virginia 10 - Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) vs. Lu Ann Bennett (D) more of the overburdensome regulations every recent Democratic administration has increased on us." Tom Foss will also be voting for Trump. As CEO of The Griffith Company, which has four locations in Southern California and is a member of the San Diego Chapter, he says, "I think Hillary will continue the anti-business attitude and Trump will help spur our economy through his tax plan. There are other reasons I'm going to vote for him as well. I think he will help us become energy independent and move us away from Obamacare and help us do some kind of health saving account. I think that will really help my employees as well." The industry issues Foss says he is most concerned with are related to regulations and regulatory agencies that he must deal with at all levels of government. "A lot of the regulations we're seeing are damaging to the industry and the economy. Many of the labor rules and regulations are continuously trying to tell me how many paid days off I need to give, for example. They're regulating breaks and lunches and family medical leave and expanding the overtime rules. They're just trying to control everything that we do in business." He adds that for all the good the Department of Labor is trying to accomplish, they're going about it wrong. "I think it's hurting my company and the industry overall." ISSUES IMPORTANT TO AGC Ashinoff says AGC works with the Legislative Action Committee to set the legislative agenda every two years, to coincide with the start of each new Congressional session. "Issues are added or removed from the legislative agenda based on three factors: the top issues of importance for a majority of AGC members, the timeliness of each individual issue, and the achievability of success." Once the legislative agenda is set, AGC's government affairs subject matter experts create one-pagers to provide talking points for issues currently moving through the legislative or regulatory process. Subject matter experts focus on issue areas such as infrastructure funding, labor, tax, federal procurement, environment and safety. 22 constructor | SEPTEM BER/ O CTO BER 2016 The top policy priorities for the 114th Congress are as follows: Federal Contracting Issues * Oppose the Blacklisting Executive Order * Support Civilian "BRAC" * Support Procurement Reform * Oppose Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements Labor Issues * Support the Composite Plan Design for Multiemployer Pension Plans * Oppose Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave Safety Issues * Oppose Rule on Crystalline Silica Tax Issues * Support Comprehensive Tax Reform Infrastructure Issues * Support the Water Resources Development Act Association Issues * Support Repeal of the Prior Authorization Requirement for Trade Association PACs More details can be found at www.agc. org/agcs-policy-priorities. Ashinoff says it's also vital that AGC members talk to their employees about the candidates and issues at stake in this election. Some employers may be skeptical of talking about such matters, but research confirms employees want to hear it. According to survey research from the Business-Industry Political Action Committee, "Employees want to hear from their employer or a representative of their employer about political and public policy issues that would affect their job, company and industry." In fact, Ashinoff says, "Employers were found to be the most trusted source for such information beating out the internet, media/ news, labor unions and political parties. I think it's difficult for some employers to engage employees about politics, elections and candidates because it tends to be one of those topics you keep out of the workplace." To help facilitate this valuable dialogue, AGC maintains ConstructionVotes.com. It is a one-stop-shop website for voters and employers. Voters can register to vote, view state and federal candidates, find a polling place, learn about early and absentee voting as well as key issues. In addition to these resources, employers can download a legally approved "Do's & Don'ts" guide to help get out the vote, host jobsite tours or company meet and greets with candidates or members of Congress. ◆ http://www.agc.org http://www.ConstructionVotes.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2016

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Cybercrime: Why You’re Almost Certainly at Risk
Building the Economy: The True Value of Measuring Economic Impact
All Eyes on November
Constructing an Experience: New Demands in Retail Design
Simonson Says
Knocking Green Standards Out of the Park
Managing the Risks of Green Building
Construction Leadership Council: A Launch Pad for Careers and Industry Leadership
AGC in Action
Member and Chapter News
Legislative and Regulatory News
Technology Toolbox
2016 Professional Services Guide
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 8
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 10
Constructor - September/October 2016 - President’s Message
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 12
Constructor - September/October 2016 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Cybercrime: Why You’re Almost Certainly at Risk
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 16
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 17
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 18
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Building the Economy: The True Value of Measuring Economic Impact
Constructor - September/October 2016 - All Eyes on November
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 25
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Constructing an Experience: New Demands in Retail Design
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Simonson Says
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Knocking Green Standards Out of the Park
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Managing the Risks of Green Building
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Construction Leadership Council: A Launch Pad for Careers and Industry Leadership
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - AGC in Action
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Member and Chapter News
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Legislative and Regulatory News
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 60
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 2016 Professional Services Guide
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Products & Services Marketplace
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 73
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Index to Advertisers
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