Legislative Update - July 13, 2018
July 2018 NECA Review
We hear it from others and we ourselves profess it quite often. “We have a drug free workplace.” Now that’s comforting and it’s our answer to the drug abuse epidemic. So, all...
Trump’s own Tariffs make it Harder to Rebuild Infrastructure
Reported by David A. Lieb, The Associated Press
The president seems to be at loggerheads with two conflicting priorities of his administration... He’s making it very difficult for construction firms and people who build infrastructure to be successful, at least in the short term.”
Forward Buying Won't Ease All Tariff Uncertainties For Firms
As reported by Engineering News-Record's (ENR) Midwest Editor and Associate Technology Editor, Jeff Yoders from the 2018 Q2 Cost Report.
...some developers and contractors began to rapidly award structural steel contracts in ... an attempt to avoid even higher steel costs in the future."
What tax Reform means for Construction Industry
Crain's Cleveland BusinessTaxTips by Carl Grassi, chairman of McDonald Hopkins LLC.
One thing that we can expect is that most contractors will receive a tax savings in one form or another."
Payday Lending Bill's Limits Could Increase with Possible Amendment
News article by Laura Hancock, cleveland.com
Ohio Sen. Matt Huffman said he is working on an amendment to a payday lending limitation bill to allow people to borrow more money."
Court of Appeals Enforces Contractor’s Sole Discretion Arbitration Clause
From the news section of the Frantz Ward LLP website.
On May 3, 2018, Ohio’s Court of Appeals for the Eighth Appellate District issued an important decision in Ohio Plumbing, Ltd. v. Fiorilli Construction, Inc., 2018-Ohio-1748 (8th Dist.)."
New Federal Court Facilities Coming to Toledo
GSA announces construction of annex to help meet Judiciary's needs.
The project will provide six courtrooms and eight chambers to accommodate eight judges (two active district, two seniors, one visiting, one magistrate and two bankruptcy)."
Cuyahoga County Considers New Commission to Address Discrimination Complaints, Broadens Rights Protections
Article by Robert Higgs, cleveland.com
The legislation, introduced Tuesday, would establish a three-person Cuyahoga County Commission on Human Rights. The members would be attorneys and would have the authority to levy fines if they determine discrimination has occurred."...
Union, Officials Protest Philadelphia's 1% Construction tax
The author of this story is Kim Slowey, contributoring editor for Construction Dive.
Unions and some city officials, according to WHYY, are pushing back against a Philadelphia City Council plan that includes raising money for a city-sponsored housing program by taxing construction projects at 1%."...