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A $1 Trillion Infrastructure Package Will Only Get You $500 Billion Worth of Stuff Without Permitting Reform

Tuesday, President Donald Trump released his FY 2018 budget. Within the budget the administration included a fact sheet containing key principles for the president’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan. On a call with reporters,...more

Colorado Construction Defect Action Reform: HB 17-1279 Approved by Colorado Legislature; Governor’s Approval Imminent

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Colorado developers frequently cite Colorado’s Construction Defect Action Reform Act (CDARA) as an obstacle to building new condominiums in the state. Developers contend that the law makes it too easy for condo boards to sue...more

Colorado State Legislature Finally Passes Construction Defects Reform Legislation

In a dramatic and seemingly overnight change of course, the Colorado House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 1279 on April 24, 2017. Days later, on May 4, 2017, HB 1279 passed unanimously in the Colorado...more

President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order and the Construction Industry

“We will have two simple rules when it comes to this massive rebuilding effort, buy American and hire American” – President Donald Trump On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order No. 13788 implementing his...more

Baker-Polito Administration Launches Programs for Affordable Access to Clean Energy

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a set of six new programs seeking to increase affordable access to clean energy and energy efficiency programs in the Commonwealth. These new programs build upon the efforts...more

Double Deja Vu: AB 219 is Reinstated!

PREVAILING WAGE LAW is California’s “other” minimum wage. It requires workers to be paid union wages on publicly funded construction projects. ...more

Buy American and Hire American: What it Means for the Construction Industry

On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (No. 13788). The Order requires agencies to do a wholesale evaluation of their compliance with “Buy American” laws...more

Trump Administration Issues ‘Opening Salvo’ in Canada-US Trade Dispute: Department of Commerce Imposes Major Duties on Canadian...

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On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced preliminary countervailing duties (CVDs) on Canadian lumber imports. Among the investigation respondents, West Fraser received the highest rate of 24.12%,...more

Changes in Real Estate legislation in Russia

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Quarter 1 of 2017 - Amendments to the federal laws - RF Government Resolution No. 1357 On Approval of the Regulation on the Adoption by a Regional Cultural Heritage Site Protection Authority of a Decision Providing for...more

Construction Advisory: Passage, Defeat, and Uncertainty: The Colorado General Assembly Tackles Construction Defect Reform in the...

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Colorado General Assembly is heading towards the conclusion of this year’s legislative session. Although one construction defect bill, House Bill 1279, passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate, most bills have...more

El secretario de vivienda, Ben Carson, pone en marcha asociación público-privada para viviendas públicas

Ayer, el condado de Miami-Dade recibió al Dr. Ben Carson, secretario del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de Estados Unidos, en la urbanización pública Liberty Square, una de las más antiguas del país. La reunión...more

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

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"Buy American, Hire American" is no longer just a campaign slogan. It is the subject of an Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 19. The order details the Trump administration’s policy of ensuring compliance with...more

Colorado House Bill 1279 stalls over 120-day unit owner election period

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With the session more than halfway through, the Colorado Legislature’s 2017 attempts at meaningful construction defect reform may fail again. This year, the Legislature did not attempt a single-bill construction defect...more

Additional Opportunity for Increased Extension of Building Permits and Development Orders

Due to Governor Scott’s recent expansion of the State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, holders of permits and development orders have another opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise rights under the permit...more

New York State lawmakers pass final budget

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The weekend of April 9 saw the passage of the New York State budget after the state Assembly and Senate, respectively, closed out Saturday and Sunday legislative sessions at the state Capitol in Albany. The final passage...more

Baltimore’s Homeless Youth: The Cost of Eliminating the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Market

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The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) is one of the most important resources for creating affordable housing in the United States today. Created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the LIHTC program gives State and local...more

President Trump Repeals Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule

Former President Obama’s so-called “Blacklisting” rule was short-lived. On Monday, President Trump signed a joint resolution eliminating the rule, which had required bidders on federal projects with a value in excess of...more

Construction E-Note - March 2017

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In an article published on March 10, 2017 by Construction Executive, Meghan Cox provides guidance on how businesses can reduce the risks associated with violence in the workplace and how businesses should handle this violence...more

Statute of Repose Bill Passes House of Representatives

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

On Tuesday, March 21, the Iowa House passed House File 3 (HF3), a bill that would reduce the Statute of Repose applicable to construction claims. The bill is now on to Governor Branstad....more

Under Construction - March 2017

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Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the spring 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope 2017 is off to a good start for you and your company. An issue that seems to commonly come up in cost-plus...more

Construction One-Minute Read: Trump Administration Increases Resources to Crack Down on Employers for I-9 Compliance

As part of his first-week initiatives, President Trump turned his focus toward immigration. These initiatives included dramatically expanding the resources of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/20-3/24

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Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

America’s Infrastructure Gets a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has issued their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which assigns a letter grade to the nation’s infrastructure....more

Competing Inclusionary Housing Proposals Introduced at the Board of Supervisors

Is the City another step closer to sorting out inclusionary housing requirements and implementation of Proposition C? Board of Supervisors members have introduced two competing ordinances that seek to call the question...more

Infrastructure Plan Watch: Hearings, Meetings and a Speech… but no White House Proposal

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The roller coaster “infrastructure” ride in Washington, D.C. continues. With bi-partisan and broad stakeholder interest from both the public and private sector in an infrastructure plan, Congress continues to hold hearings...more

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