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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021
Culture of CARE Awareness Week

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REMINDER New long-term care tax
begins Jan. 1, 2022

AGC members should remember that premium assessment on employees’ wages to fund the state’s new long-term care program begins January 1, 2022. Also, note the Nov. 1, 2021, deadline to request an opt-out from the program.
In 2019, the Legislature established the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust (LTSST) program, which will provide up to $36,500 in lifetime benefits for eligible beneficiaries to apply to the cost of their long-term care. The LTSST program is funded through a 0.58-percent premium assessment on an employee’s wages, paid by employees. The premium assessment begins January 1, 2022, and eligible beneficiaries may begin receiving benefits on January 1, 2025. For more information on what is now called the Washington Cares Fund, click here. For an analysis of the tax – and the possibility that it will be increased – read this article from the Washington Research Council.
There is an opportunity for anyone who will be paying the tax to opt-out of the state program, but that route is becoming increasingly difficult. To opt-out of the state plan, someone would have to have private long-term care insurance before Nov. 1, 2021. To learn more about the opt-out option and key dates from DSHS, click here. Currently, many private insurance companies have stopped selling projects for individuals to opt-out from the state program, as they have been overwhelmed with requests.

AGC’s BUILD PAC primary-election endorsements
AGC’s BUILD PAC Senior Council has endorsed several candidates for the primary election, which is on Tuesday, August 3. They have endorsed candidates running for Bellevue City Council, King County Council, Seattle City Council, Port of Seattle, Port of Bellingham, Whatcom County Council, Port of Everett and Snohomish County Council.
In AGC’s Northern District, we have two members running for office: John Huntley (Mills Electric Co.) and Scott Murphy (Goldfinch Bros.). Click here to see the full list of candidates endorsed and there is a link to each of the candidate’s websites to help you learn more about them and how to support them. Just a reminder that the earlier you vote to earlier you get taken off the lists for robo-calls and political mail. You should have received your ballot in the mail over the weekend.

Small but important changes to bid-listing statute taking effect
It’s only one small word, but it was having unintended consequences, so the Legislature, backed by AGC, made a fix to the state’s bid-listing statute that takes effect July 25.
In 2020, the Legislature, after much negotiating with AGC and Labor, passed a bill intended to add structural-steel installation and rebar-installation work to the bid-listing statute. This was in addition to the long-standing requirements to list M/E/P.  But a mistake occurred in the drafting of the bill, and it ended up saying that contractors must list M/E/P "or" structural steel and rebar. Clearly, the intent was for that to be an "and."  This created confusion among public agencies and their contractors, so recently passed legislation changed the "or" to "and."
The bill also clarified that design-build and general contractor/construction-manager requests for proposals are exempt from the bid-listing statutes. It also required the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) to make another review of bid-listing statutes and make a report to the Legislature by Nov. 1, 2022.
For more information, contact AGC chief lobbyist Jerry VanderWood.

AGC survey to measure the scope of industry labor shortage
During the past few months, the construction industry has experienced some very significant and sudden changes that have led to dramatic changes in demand for work and the need for new workers. We need to understand exactly how those changes are impacting the industry’s current workforce needs to better be able to advocate for measures to help the industry’s labor needs in both the short- and long-term. That is why AGC of America is asking you to take a few minutes to complete this workforce survey. The more members who take the survey, the better able we all will be to describe labor market conditions where you operate. The survey closes on August 13.
Business conditions strengthen further
at nation's architecture firms

Business conditions remained robust at architecture firms across the country in May, as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score climbed even higher. The score of 58.5 for the month (any score over 50 indicates billings growth) is one of the highest ever reported, and indicates that even more firms reported an increase in their billings in May than in April.
In addition, significant work remains in the pipeline, with inquiries into new projects remaining very high, and the value of new design contracts rising further to a new all-time high in the 11-year history of that index. Although comments from survey respondents indicate some concern about the impact of inflation on building costs, those fears have not yet impacted the frenetic post-pandemic pace of work at most firms... Read more.
2021 CLC Leadership Development Conference
Have an emerging leader within your firm?
Here's an opportunity to grow their leadership skills.

AGC of America’s CLC Leadership Development Conference brings together emerging construction leaders from across the country in various construction sectors to network, learn, and share while developing their leadership skills and gaining information on CLC best practices.
This year’s event, Aug. 11-13 in Chicago, is filled with great keynotes, panel discussions, and networking events, including a dinner cruise on the Odyssey Lake Michigan. Register here.

Final days for
2021 Construction Salary Survey

The Moss Adams 2021 Construction Industry Salary Survey will wrap-up on July 30. This survey isn’t possible without valuable insights from engaged AGC-member companies like yours. The survey helps create a comprehensive industry report on compensation trends that provide contractors with comparative information—especially vital for an industry in which such data is difficult to obtain or present in a meaningful way. Click here to take the survey today, and thank you!
Employees, too, save big with
AGC membership

One of the most overlooked benefits for AGC-member firms is the many great discounts -- for Verizon, Staples, Sherwin-Williams, Office Depot and more. But employees, too, can take advantage of exclusive savings, including Verizon, Skechers, 1-800-FLOWERS, TrueCar, Omaha Steaks and many more.
Get the whole scoop here -- and start saving today.
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.

CTS A: Reading Blueprints
August 23 – September 15 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Foreman Training Program
August 26 – September 16 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Remote Class

Supervisory Training Program Unit 1:
Leadership & Motivation

September 7 – September 16 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Hybrid Class (in-person/remote)

Online classes start September 13.
Visit our website for a complete list.
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