On behalf of the five chapters of the Associated Builders & Contractors throughout Pennsylvania, collectively known as ABC PA, we are writing to advocate in support of legislation that would provide additional resources for the Commonwealth’s infrastructure and development efforts.
Just one week after the November election that upended Congressional Republican plans for 2019, the state House and Senate met to formalize their leadership teams for the 2019-2020 legislative session. With the current session set to end at the end of this week, all existing legislation will die off, requiring legislators to re-introduce measures in 2019. But where will those efforts go in the next two years? A look at the new leadership team could decide.
Last October, one of the most pro-life conservative Republicans in Congress abruptly resigned amid a personal scandal, bringing all eyes back on Pennsylvania. The resignation of Rep. Tim Murphy (R-18) not only left constituents throughout the 18th district without a representative in Congress, but set up the first real litmus test of the Trump administration after a year of service.
Pennsylvania is in the national spotlight just weeks after an initial ruling by the Commonwealth’s highest court that invalidated the district maps for eighteen Congressional districts. It’s the first time that a gerrymandering suit has been validated by a court and has thrown the 2018 election cycle into chaos.
Rushing to meet the court ordered February 9, 2018, deadline, top Republican leaders House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Joe Scarnati submitted a new map for Pennsylvania’s 18 Congressional districts on Friday evening.
The Senate Labor & Industry Committee, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), advanced a bill that could have a drastic effect on the way construction contracts are structured. By a 9-3 vote, the committee approved House Bill 566, introduced in 2017 by Rep. Jamie Santora (R-Delaware). The bill amends the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (CASPA), which was signed into law in 1994 and provides for limitations on that way private construction contracts can be structured.
Despite stumbles throughout the year, Congress looks set to deliver on one of President Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises – a significant overhaul of the tax code.
On Saturday, the five Pennsylvania chapters of ABC, along with industry partners including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA), held the 2nd annual Celebration of Pennsylvania’s Construction Industry, an afternoon event that drew hundreds and featured some of the Commonwealth’s preeminent construction professionals.
For months, Democrats have been positioning the 2017 “off-year” elections as an early referendum on the Trump administration and in three closely-watched states – Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey – the strategy seemed to have worked, at least for the time being.
Last week’s meeting of the five ABC chapters throughout Pennsylvania brought a rare opportunity to work with some uncommon coalition partners and hear from candidates who will appear on the ballot in 2017.