Associated General Contractors
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Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire


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Association News

New Wetlands Guidelines Proposed

In early March, the Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed revision of New England district compensatory mitigation guidelines. The Army Corps is requesting feedback on the overall approach as well as specific details. There will be a comment period ending May 4, 2015, and all comments will be addressed prior to the final issuance. The full document can be viewed here.

Budget Bill Moves on to Senate

The House has cut all revenue from the Governor's proposed state budget, slashing the DOT's operations budget as well as reducing the highway fund. Concerns over possible layoffs and maintenance facility closings as a result of the changes have arisen in the DOT, while an amendment to HB 357 for a gas tax increase as a way to compensate for the cuts to highway fund has been ruled non-germane. The bill now moves on to the Senate Finance Committee. A full pdf of all the budget changes can be found here.

NHDOT Speaks to AGC Members on Governor's DOT Budget

On February 20th, representatives from the NHDOT stopped by the AGC office for a presentation on the Governor's DOT budget. Acting Commissioner Jeff Brillhart, Deputy Commissioner Patrick McKenna, and Project Development Director Bill Cass spoke before a group of over 20 attendees to answer questions regarding the new budget plan. They presented a powerpoint based on a 95-page booklet entitled "Citizens Guide to the Transportation System", which can be downloaded in full here.

Lowering WC Costs

As the legislature starts a new year, legislative bills will become available to the association to review their impact on the construction industry. We have already started working with other trade associations on fixing the high charges by hospital's and doctors when it come to treating injured workers under Workers' Compensation. We are the only state in New England that does not have some regulation to limit medical costs charged to the program. The Department of Insurance recently analyzed these costs and found on average the Workers' Compensation program is being charged 2.5 times more than healthcare. A bill has been introduced to limit these charges to no more than the average of healthcare plus 2 percent administrative costs. We will be getting more information out about our efforts in the upcoming weeks, as we will need your help in asking our elected officials to support this effort.

AGC of NH, ME & VT Respond to Mandating PLAs on USACE Projects

On June 2nd, AGC of NH joined the Maine and Vermont chapters in responding to a survey released by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding the potential use of government-mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on a large-scale construction project. The project is intended to build and renovate military and other federal facilities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The chapters agree that PLAs cause negative effects in the construction industry by decreasing competition and placing unfair limitations on open shop contractors. The Association urged USACE to allow prime contractors to decide whether a PLA is appropriate for a particular project.
Click here to find the survey response letter in its entirety.

Governor Hassan Signs Road Toll Legislation

The Governor signed Senate Bill 367, the Road Toll legislation, on May 20th on one of the newly renovated bridges on I-93. This is a great accomplishment as this will increases the NH Road Toll by 4.2 cents. This brings the total NH rate to 22.2 cents, which is still the lowest in New England. This legislation raised $32 million per year to fix NH roads & bridges. To read more, see the AGC of NH newsletter dated April 28th. (Newsletter is available to members only, please call if you would like to be a member.)

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