Legislative Issues Related to Workers’ Compensation in the Construction Industry Lawmakers and construction business owners don’t always see eye to eye, which is evident when perusing the litany of ongoing legislative issues affecting the construction industry. When new legislation dealing with the construction industry is passed, contractors are often baffled by the decisions being made by those in power. As a construction professional, you might find yourself wondering: Did lawmakers even consult construction business owners and professionals prior to enacting new legislation? Is there clear evidence that the changes being implemented will actually help those who serve the industry?
Understanding the Sealed Bidding Process Many roofing or contracting businesses have enjoyed success working on commercial and residential projects, so, naturally, they are ready for the next step and want to transition into procuring lucrative government projects. Considering that the U.S. government invests billions of dollars every year into a variety of products and services, it makes sense that construction professionals of all types of trades want to get involved. Of course, the process of successfully procuring government contracts is vastly different than agreeing to perform work for a homeowner or business owner. In this brief article, construction industry
What Is Your Opinion of E-Verify? The construction industry relies significantly on immigrant employees. By one estimate, 25 percent of construction workers are immigrants. It is clear that these workers are an important part of the industry, providing much-needed support as construction companies continue to struggle with widespread labor shortages. While many construction professionals believe that sweeping immigration reform could be incredibly beneficial, Florida lawmakers continue to push for E-Verify, an expensive and flawed system that would do little for the industry. Below, we discuss E-Verify in Florida and what you can do to make your opinion known to
3 Examples of Ongoing Lobbying Efforts in the Construction Industry Our country is divided, and no place is this more apparent than in Congress. Due to gridlock, Congress is failing to enact common-sense laws that would allow contractors to prosper in this industry. Furthermore, regulations that do manage to pass are often a hindrance to companies and their day-to-day operations. Below, we discuss how congressional gridlock is affecting the construction industry and what you can do about it. If you are interested in having your voice heard by Congress, consult a lobbyist from Cotney Construction Lobbying. The “Do Nothing
3 Tips to Land More Public Projects In order to procure public projects, construction firms have to develop effective bid packages, make valuable connections with agency decision makers, and ensure that they are abiding by the rules and restrictions set forth by the agency that is managing the project. Of course, time never stops, so firms need to successfully perform all of these previously mentioned tasks while scheduling and competing work on their active projects as well. In this brief article, construction industry advocates with Cotney Construction Lobbying will provide construction firms with a few general tips to help
3 Examples of Ongoing Lobbying Efforts in the Construction Industry For many construction business owners, it can be difficult to visualize the benefits of working with a lobbyist — and understandably so. The good name of lobbyists has been sullied and besmirched for years. When a lobbyist fights for the benefit of one industry, it can have a negative effect on another. The frustration of those who fail to achieve their political objectives often manifests as an attack on the decency of the lobbyists that worked diligently to secure positive change for the industry they represent. In other words,
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