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ceo's LetteR aGC: Driving Better Roads, Fighting Worse Regulations a singlE ninE-day pEriod in mid-March By STePHen e. SanDHeRR aGC CeO Over the coming weeks and months, we will be talking a lot more about #DriveBetterRoads as we push Congress and the Obama administration to find a way to pay for and pass a long-term federal highway and transit bill. @Constr uctor Ma g serves as a good example of the work we do to advocate for new infrastructure investments and to push back against unworkable new regulatory burdens. Within a matter of days, we launched a new nationwide effort to boost federal funding for our aging roads, bridges and transit systems and exposed significant flaws in the Obama administration's proposed new silica rules. On March 17, AGC of America unveiled a new, nationwide effort to push for increased federal funding for road, bridge and transit projects. The new effort, called #DriveBetterRoads, will use advertising, direct community outreach and social media like Twitter to educate people about how they can help drive better roads. We are asking people to share pictures of bad traffic, poor road conditions and aging bridges by tweeting those pictures with the common hashtag DriveBetterRoads. Drivers and others who care about the state of our transportation infrastructure can also visit our new website, www.drivebetteroads. org, to learn more about the value of the federal highway program and send a letter to their members of Congress urging them to support federal highway investments. We launched the new campaign during a media event in Dallas that involved AGC member firm Austin Bridge & Road and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The former secretary and Austin Bridge & Road's Dale Stubblefield briefed reporters on the new campaign and talked about how investing in our transportation systems is vital to our overall economic growth. We have already launched an aggressive digital advertising campaign to support #DriveBetterRoads, targeting active voters in key parts of the country who are most likely to support improving our transportation network. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be talking a lot more about #DriveBetterRoads as we push Congress and the Obama administration to find a way to pay for and pass a long-term federal highway and transit bill. Yet even as we are pushing Washington to do the right thing, we are also fighting to keep federal officials from doing the wrong thing. On March 26, AGC of America and a coalition of other construction groups exposed the fact that the Obama administration made enormous errors in tabulating the potential impacts of its proposed new silica rules. Indeed, the administration's estimate of the cost of the new measure to the construction industry was off by $4.5 billion. The administration's inability to correctly estimate the impact of these new measures raises serious and significant questions about many of the basic assumptions it made in crafting the silica rule. Our worry from day one has been that instead of building on the significant improvements in silica safety the industry has made during the past several years, the new measure will be too error prone to work. We know, for example, that the measure's key weakness is that it sets silica targets at levels too small for technology to detect. So instead of putting in place effective techniques, it will send contractors on a costly and fruitless goose-chase in pursuit of scientifically unmeasurable goals. This isn't progress; it is punishment. What these two different efforts have in common is AGC of America's unrelenting efforts to advocate on behalf of the entire construction industry. They are also efforts that are funded primarily through our Construction Advocacy Fund. So if you want to drive better roads and keep fighting worse regulations, please consider contributing to AGC's Construction Advocacy Fund today. You can learn more about it at constructionadvocacyfund.agc.org. ◆ Ma y / J u n e 2 0 1 5 | www.constructormagazine.com 13 http://www.drivebetterroads.org http://www.drivebetterroads.org http://constructionadvocacyfund.agc.org http://www.constructormagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
CEO’S LETTER
FLYING HIGH
2015 ALLIANT BUILD AMERICA AWARDS
THE MACHINERY OF CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS
BUILDING OREGON’S WORKFORCE INFRASTRUCTURE
THE NORTHEAST WORKFORCE SHORTAGE REPORT
INSIDE AGC
CONSTRUCTION CORNER
SIMONSON SAYS
TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX
MEMBER AND CHAPTER NEWS
EQUIPMENT GUIDE
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
FINAL INSPECTION

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