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ABC Continues to Advocate for COVID-19 Relief

ABC has been working with Congress, administration officials and business coalitions to support critical priorities in any relief deals that will ensure the construction industry is able to survive, thrive and recover from this pandemic.

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Seventeen ABC Members Ranked in Top 20 Among BD+C’s Top 135 Contractors for 2020

Of the nation's top 20 contractors, 17 are ABC members, according to Building Design + Construction’s recently published list of Top 135 Contractors for 2020. These contractors were ranked based on their 2019 revenue.

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The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Dec. 7, 2020

ABC reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.2 months in November, a decrease of 0.5 months from October’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Nov. 20 to Dec. 2. Backlog is 1.7 months lower than in November 2019.

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ABC Members Win CURT CISE Awards for Safety Leadership and Achievements

On Nov. 17, The Construction Users Roundtable announced the winners of its Construction Industry Safety Excellence Awards. The following ABC members received CURT awards based on their dedication to world-class safety performance.

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The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Dec. 1, 2020

On this week’s episode of “The Bottom Line With ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu,” get insights on the  nonresidential construction spending, which was virtually unchanged in October,  according to an ABC analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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DoD’s Nationwide Permits Proposal Will Streamline Permitting Under the CWA, Says ABC

On Nov. 16, ABC submitted comments as part of the Waters Advocacy Coalition to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Army Corps of Engineers on its proposal to reissue and revise the agency’s nationwide permits under the Clean Water Act. WAC expressed support for the proposed rule, which would continue to carry out Congress’ intent to allow more streamlined permitting for activities that have minimal adverse environmental effects and encouraged the Corps to ensure consistency with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the final rulemaking.

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Treasury Issues New Proposed Regulation on State and Local Tax Deductions

On Nov. 9, the U.S. Treasury issued a proposed regulation on state and local income taxes imposed on and paid by a partnership or S corporation on its income. The rule would allow states to permit individually and family-owned business to continue to deduct state and local taxes, just like larger corporations can. This would be an important win for smaller businesses and a significant incentive for more states to provide this critical tax relief.

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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Guidance on Ventilation

On Nov. 4, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a new guidance document on ventilation in the workplace. OSHA recommends, “Employers should work with a heating, ventilation and air conditioning professional to consider steps to optimize building ventilation. An HVAC professional can ensure that the ventilation system is operating as intended.”

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Republican Gains Continue in the House While Fight for Senate Majority Begins in Georgia

While major news networks have declared former Vice President Joe Biden president-elect, President Trump’s campaign has launched investigations into allegations of wrongdoing in several states while pursuing recounts in states where the margin of victory allows. Georgia has already ordered a hand recount of its 5 million ballots, while most states hope to certify their elections in late November and early December.

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U.S. States Vote on Ballot Initiatives That Impact the Construction Industry

While a handful of U.S. Senate, House and state legislative races from the 2020 elections remain uncalled, voters in a handful of states made some significant policy changes on Tuesday, Nov. 3, through the ballot initiative and referendum processes. Many of these affect the construction industry, including changing the minimum wage, legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana, paid family and medical leave and more.  

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