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After Percolating for 6 Months, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act Has Finally Arrived

After Percolating for 6 Months, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act Has Finally Arrived Illinois residents spent almost $20 million on recreational marijuana in the first dozen days of legalization, outpacing the majority of states that have already legalized the psychoactive drug championed by celebrities like Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg. Now, Illinois residents are offering some high praise for the new rule, which will allow them to do much more than seek alternative treatments for glaucoma.  According to Toi Hutchinson, who once worked as a Democratic state senator from Olympia Fields and currently co-sponsors the Cannabis Regulation

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Why Fear of a 2020 Recession Is Receding

Why Fear of a 2020 Recession Is Receding Business owners have been experiencing a lot of anxiety lately with rumors of an incoming recession looming over them for the better part of 2019. However, a recent influx of news reports are suggesting the exact opposite. So, which is it? Is America on the brink of a recession that will lead to massive layoffs like the Great Recession of the late 2000s? Or are we bound for another year of sustained economic growth? In this editorial, the construction industry advocates from Cotney Construction Lobbying will answer all of these questions

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Could a Solar Mandate Come to Florida?

Could a Solar Mandate Come to Florida? A recent survey conducted by CITE research revealed that over 70 percent of Americans would support a nationwide solar panel mandate requiring solar panels to be installed on newly built homes. Nowhere would this be more impactful than in Florida where there are 101 sunny days a year on average. However, Florida lawmakers, influenced by utility companies, are hesitant to pass such laws, and it may be to the detriment of consumers and contractors alike.  In this article, we discuss solar power in Florida and its potential impact on the construction industry.

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Are Local Regulations Hindering Your Construction Company? This Proposed Amendment Could Make Things Worse

Are Local Regulations Hindering Your Construction Company? This Proposed Amendment Could Make Things Worse A proposed constitutional amendment could make it harder for lawmakers to limit the legislative power of local governments. The proposed amendment, SJR 1674, would have an effect on laws pertaining to anything from local occupational licensing (HB 3) to sunscreens (HB 113); however, this amendment could have another side effect: creating a “patchwork” of laws and regulations that contractors would have to be constantly mindful of.  Below, we discuss SJR 1674 and what it could mean for the construction industry. If you’re a contractor working

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The Problem With Lobbying for a Single Goal

The Problem With Lobbying for a Single Goal Overregulation. A skilled labor shortage. Rising material costs. These are just a few of the issues that may be keeping you up at night. Construction professionals looking to safeguard their interests often turn to a lobbyist to help them voice their concerns regarding a single issue. Your passion for your company and industry are truly admirable, but your efforts must be all-inclusive and address multiple issues, not just one, in order to be effective.  In this article, we discuss the problem with lobbying for a single goal and how you can

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Outside Forces Could Slow Construction Growth in 2020. How Will You Be Affected?

Outside Forces Could Slow Construction Growth in 2020. How Will You Be Affected? Everyone is nervous about what 2020 could mean for the construction industry. All signs point to the U.S. economy being unable to keep up with the industry’s continued growth in the new decade, but how will this impact contractors? And are they really powerless against these massive economic forces?  Below, we explore the outside forces that could impact the construction sector in 2020. With economic uncertainty, owners will be less than eager to risk it all on doomed projects with bleak outcomes. Rising construction costs and

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