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NOVEMBER 23, 2021
We at AGC of Washington wish all of our members
and their families
a happy and warm Thanksgiving.

Legal challenge to capital-gains tax
In 2021, the Washington State Legislature passed a new 7% tax on the sale of long-term capital assets (including stocks, bonds, business interests or other investments) if the profit exceed $250,000 annually. This tax applies to individuals only, though individuals can be liable for the tax because of their ownership interest in an entity that sells a long-term capital asset. This legislation included an emergency clause, so it couldn’t be challenged on the ballot.
In turn, there were two lawsuits filed earlier in the year challenging the capital-gains tax. The first lawsuit was filed by the Freedom Foundation (represented by Lane Powell). Their lawsuit alleges the new tax violates the Washington State Constitution, as well as the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, by taxing the sale of capital held out-of-state by Washington residents. Read more...
Hobbs appointment creates unknowns for transpo package
Sen. Steve Hobbs, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee was recently named as Secretary of State, replacing Kim Wyman who accepted the position of Senior Election Security Lead within the Biden Administration. AGC has long supported Secretary Wyman, and Sen. Hobbs and congratulates both on their new positions. "Steve is a dedicated public servant. He has a strong national security perspective from his work in the Army and National Guard," Gov. Inslee said upon making the appointment. See the full press release here.
At press time, a new chair of the Transportation Committee had not been named by the Senate Democratic Caucus. But negotiations – encouraged by AGC and led by Sen. Hobbs and House Transportation Chair Jake Fey – have been progressing for last several weeks with a goal of finalizing a package for consideration by the Legislature when it convenes in 2022. Read more...
Lawsuit filed against Washington’s
new long-term care tax

A lawsuit was filed in federal court challenging Washington’s new long-term care payroll tax that goes into effects on January 1, 2022. The lawsuit seeks to stop the January implementation of the 0.58% payroll tax which is an employee paid tax.
The class-action lawsuit, filed by three businesses and six individuals, outlines the many problems with the new program including a federal law banning states from requiring workers to join a plan providing sickness or medical benefits.
They also note the treatment of people living outside Washington but working here who are required to pay into the program but aren’t eligible to receive benefits unless they move to Washington. Other issues raised include people who pay in to the program but move out of state after retirement, and people currently working but who will retire within ten years and not be eligible to receive benefits. Read more...
AGC urges support for Recall Sawant effort
has endorsed the Recall Sawant effort, aimed at recalling Seattle City councilmember Kshama Sawant for several legal violations, abuses of public office and destructive public policy agendas. Ballots were mailed in November to voters in City of Seattle District 3 for the December 7 special recall election.

AGC’s BUILD PAC has contributed the maximum amount of $1,000 to each of these recall efforts listed below. You can assist in door-to-door efforts by contributing to the Recall Sawant campaign and to A Better Seattle for get-out-the-vote efforts. Click the campaign name above to contribute. Contact Sonja Forster if you have any questions on either of the campaigns.
DES updates on family leave, long-term care tax, unemployment insurance
The Washington State Employment Security Department has issued an update on family leave, the new mandatory long-term care tax and unemployment insurance, providing a clarifying rundown on a number of issues regarding each -- dates, details, calculations, exemptions and more. See the entire announcement here.
2022 Annual Celebration sponsorships
still available

Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to market your company and support the construction industry at our biggest event of the year. Reserve your sponsorship today, and join us, live and in-person on January 28 at the Four Seasons Seattle as we together share our stories and celebrate our successes.
Platinum Presenting Sponsor Package ($5,000)
Gold Party Package ($2,500)
Silver Supporting Package ($1,000)
Click here for more information, or email membership director Stacy Mullane.
Mental health for you and your teams

Have you been feeling down, stressed, overwhelmed or just "over it?"

For starters, you aren’t alone.

Back by popular demand, join us for this encore presentation of our virtual Address the Stress: Mental Health for You and Your Teams event on Dec. 8 at 2:00 p.m. AGCW safety director Mandi Kime will fill the hour with helpful tools and information, mixed with empathy for your unique situation.
Attendees will be given resources and tools to implement into their existing worker-safety & health programs, as well as some healthy coping and resilience skills for themselves. This meeting will again be held virtually, via the Microsoft Teams platform.
Click here
to join us virtually -- free to AGC members.
Industry salary survey now available
the 2021 Moss Adams Salary Survey is now available. This complimentary report is done annually and is a useful tool for contractors to measure their employee compensation against industry peers and prepare their strategies for the years ahead.
The report covers a range of topics impacting construction industry professionals, including comprehensive salary and benefits data for executives and industry specific personnel, trends in salary and bonus structures and salary differentials by revenue size and geographic region. Click here to get your copy.
Holiday savings for
AGC members on
quality brands

It’s that time of year again --
time to start thinking about
giving great gifts!

AGC members can save 20% on holiday gifts with NPP discounts from quality brands that deliver, like, Harry & David, Simply Chocolate, Cheryl’s Cookies and many more.
Click here to visit AGC of Washington's NPP page and get all the details -- and happy holidays!
The AGC Education Foundation continues to offer virtual continuing-education classes in a live, interactive, remote environment. We are working closely with instructors to maintain high-quality training programs and are finding great success in the virtual environment.
STP Unit 5: Improving Productivity and
Managing Project Costs

November 29 – December 6 (5:00 am - 8:00 pm)
Trenching & Shoring Competent Person
December 2 (12:30 pm - 4:30 pm)
Basic Rigging and Qualified Signalperson Certification
December 7 (7:30 am - 5:00 pm)

STP Unit 6: Risk Management and Problem Solving
December 8 – 16 (5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Visit the Education Foundation website
for a complete list of class offerings.

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New highway to connect
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Two school projects underway in Oakville
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Uwajimaya flagship store remodel complete
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Company owner
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Athletic fields complete
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Company helps buy 228 Thanksgiving turkeys
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New tool cuts crane time on SLU project
(Sellen Construction)

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