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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Members of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association moved into 2009 knowing that 2008 was an historic year for America nationally and internationally. A new President, a new Congress, a new state legislature, and ongoing global economic challenges will test the construction industry’s resilience to make the necessary transition. What comes to be in 2009 may be the result last year’s elections. In Hartford, 2008 was a “shorter” non-budget legislative session, yet there were hundreds of proposals and legislative hearings that ultimately would change the economic and social landscape of Connecticut. Lawmakers chose not to adjust the second year of the biennial state budget adopted in 2007. However, following Governor Rell’s announcement that Connecticut faces a $145 million state budget shortfall, she instituted a state hiring freeze, a ban on out-of-state travel by state employees, and department budget cuts of five percent. The Governor cut $150 million from the budget in an initial round of rescissions, and then $34 million in a later round. The deficit for the current fiscal year later grew to an estimated $300 million that was addressed in special session, and dire projections and significant budget shortfalls in future fiscal years were forecast. CCIA’s lobbying efforts were successful on several fronts, once again fending off a False Claims Act. We were pleased to advocate for successful enactment of legislation that clarifies the selection process for construction managers on statefunded public school building projects, new highway work zone safety standards, and expansion of construction safety training requirements. The controversial competitive bid requirement for CMs and design professionals on school construction projects was amended as the AGC/ CT worked with a school construction coalition comprised of cities, towns, architects, and others to successfully support the amendments. Other bills affecting our industry that saw passage included eliminating the scheduled increase on July 1, 2008 in the petroleum products gross earnings tax rate and revisions to the Metropolitan District Commission’s bid process. In addition to the False Claims Act, CCIA successfully fought off bills that would have been detrimental to the industry, such as restrictions on asphalt and concrete batching facilities and expanding workers’ compensation benefits. With the 2009 legislative session underway and many challenges expected, the association is wellpositioned as a front-line player in the process. We thank members who actively participate in legislativelobbying and government relations efforts to advance the industry. Our presence in Washington, DC remained a constant in 2008, with members from the building, road and bridges, utility, and concrete divisions all participating in Congressional Fly-Ins. CCIA was also actively involved in the regulation review process. Several regulations, including a new Connecticut Explosives Code, OSHA 10-hour construction safety training requirements, and licensing of hoisting equipment operators and apprentices, were proposed and considered during the year. Other regulatory initiatives also required CCIA’s attention, such as the Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed general permits covering regulated fill, coal combustible products, and stormwater discharges at industrial facilities and construction sites. CCIA’s special events and programs within the various divisions complement our industry advancement philosophy. The establishment of the new Arthur Gruhn Excellence in Construction program with CONNDOT recognized innovative, challenging, and on schedule highway and bridge projects that overcame significant challenges along the way. AGC/CT’s Build Connecticut Awards reflect our industry’s commitment to high quality work that met both public and private owners’ standards for high quality workmanship. CRMCA was honored as CONNstruction / Spring 2009 / 19 CCIA Annual Report 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Spring 2009

CONNstruction - Spring 2009
The Proving Year
AGC’s Building Division – Where the Value Shines Through
A List Worth Checking
In Defense of “Special Interests”
The Vexatious Litigant
Your Industry Association Membership - Now More Than Ever
Executive Summary
CCIA’s Executive Committee and Officers for 2009
CCIA Board of Directors 2009
Association Activities
Education and Training
Legislative-Lobbying and Government Relations
Labor Relations
CCIA Division Officers
CCIA Staff
Plenty of Parking
Building a Foundation
Connecticut Roadbuilders Fall Meeting
UCAC Annual Scholarship Auction
2008 CCIA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Reception
Diggers/Mixers/Fixers Golf Outing
AGC/CT Industry Recognition Awards Dinner
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Spring 2009