THE ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF ILLINOIS

Construction News

June 16, 2017

CAPITOL NEWS - Mark Strawn, AGCI Lobbyist & Consultant

The big news of the week comes out of the Governor’s office, as he has called legislators to return to Springfield, in an attempt to hammer out a budget under a plan announced by House Republicans.  It differs from the spending plan outlined by the Senate Democrats that they sent to the House two weeks ago.  However, they are only about $1.3 billion apart.  House Democrats have not yet indicated that they will support the Republican proposal, which the Governor has said he would sign.  Now we see if there can be an agreement on any compromises.

As promised, IDOT has indicated that they will shut down jobs on 30 June 2017, if there is no spending plan for the agency.  At this writing, there is NOT a budget bill for IDOT.  Estimates are as high as $20 million to shut down jobs arounds the state.  It will cost more to re-mobilize these projects when IDOT does get a spending plan enacted.  Arguably, $50 million will be wasted as the parties continue to fight. 

Remind legislators that these are non- General Revenue Funds monies.  IDOT has no impact on the overall state budget.  With no spending authority for the Transportation agency, more than 25,000 jobs will be put at risk.  For what???

IDOT SHUT DOWN, 2 WEEKS TO GO:  CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR NOW!

25,000 hard working men and women out of work.  Tens of millions of dollars wasted.  Dangerous roads and bridges left unrepaired.  And it’s all avoidable.  Call your legislator and demand they pass a budget now.

TFIC’S END OF WEEK SUMMARY

The end of session summary can be found by following this link:    http://mailchi.mp/03792a306ce0/end-of-week-summary-april-1757365?e=b3849e4d5e

TFIC GRASSROOTS EFFORT

As you know, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned May 31st without sending a budget to the Governor. The Senate approved a budget which included a budget implementation bill that would reduce funding to transportation overall by moving transit funding which has been traditionally backed by the General Revenue Fund and Capital Projects Fund debt service to the Road Fund. The House did not vote on a budget.

While there was an announcement by the House and Senate Republican leaders about a compromise they have reached, it is unclear at this point whether that compromise would be acceptable to the Democratic majority so now is the time to reach out. Although we have not yet confirmed it, it appears that this compromise might include the provisions that transferred some transit and Capital Project Fund expenses to transit.

We expect the House and Senate to come back to Springfield at the end of June to continue working on a budget. We have also heard that IDOT has confirmed that it will be shutting down construction projects June 30 unless a budget is approved before then.

As a result, TFIC is undertaking a grassroots campaign to complement the efforts of our member's lobbying teams. We are asking members to reach out to their state legislators and request at a minimum:

A full-year IDOT capital budget with line items out of the IDOT operating budget that allow locals to receive their Motor Fuel Tax distribution and

They support the TFIC Bridge the Gap proposal, to provide bonded revenues for transportation that will support the construction and transit capital programs through FY20, allowing the General Assembly to focus on other budget issues

You can look up your legislators hereif you do not already know who they are. You can download a draft emailand phone scripthere to help you with your outreach.

Grassroots outreach right now is vital. If you would like to see the letter TFIC sent to every member of the Illinois General Assembly, you can view it here.

AGCA ASKS FOR INPUT ON SILICA STANDARD FOR CONSTRUCTION

As you may already know, OSHA delayed enforcementof the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Constructionuntil September 23, 2017. In the meantime, silica continues to be a hot topic and we expect that many members still have questions. AGC would like to take this opportunity to survey members to determine how equipped they are to comply with the standard, and identify resources and outreach opportunities to meet their needs in this area. The surveyshould take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions, please contact me Kevin Cannon at cannonk@agc.orgor(703) 837-5410.

GREG MILLER RECEIVES “FRIEND OF TRANSPORTATION GRASSROOS AWARD” FROM TFIC

Past President Greg Miller was recognized by TFIC for his willingness to step forward publicly in support of transportation funding.  Greg worked at the local level with friends, family, colleagues and the media to help educate the public about the importance of the Safe Roads Amendment.  This was key as the amendment was adopted by nearly 80% of the voters.  Congratulation Greg!

Rebecca Gordon (TFIC), Greg Miller (Diamond Construction) and David Tyrolt (Dunn Co.), AGCI President

 

ELIMINATION OF TRAFFIC HAZARDS

IDOT reminds contractors that heavy traffic is expected during the Independence Day Holiday.  In accordance with Article 107.09 of the Standard Specifications as revised by the 2016 Supplemental Specifications, the holiday period will be from:

June 30—Friday—3:00 p.m. to

July 4—Tuesday—11:59 p.m.

All contractors on all types of contracts and all maintenance forces should be instructed to plan their work during the holiday period in accordance with the provisions of Article 107.09.  Since the largest percentage of holiday traffic is carried on Interstate and other rural multilane highways, particular attention should be give to eliminating lane closures on these routes unless physically precluded by state construction or exempted by the contract provisions.

Detour runarounds should be inspected for pavement markings, signing and needed surface repairs.  Marked detours should be checked for proper signing and directional information.

Article 107.09 was revised with the issue of the 2015 Supplemental Specifications.  Projects let before January 1, 2015 will follow the provisions as written in the 2015 Supplemental Specifications.  Contract time will be administered as appropriate.

FRANK TYROLT EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF OUTING 

Friday, June 23rd at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield.

$150 per person includes breakfast, golf and lunch.  Shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.  The form may be found at http://www.agcil.org/cms/ckfinder/userfiles/files/EdGolf2017.pdfor contact Susan Dokey.  Sponsorships are also available. 

Putting Contest Sponsor—Illini Drilled Foundations

Breakfast Sponsor - Advanced Asphalt

Beverage Sponsors

Roland Machinery

Hesse Martone

Altorfer

Hole Sponsors

Advanced Asphalt

Altorfer, Inc.

Asphalt Stone

Commercial Fabricators

Hennegan & Associates

JZS Consulting

P.H. Broughton & Sons

Petersburg Plumbing & Excavating

Diamond Construction

Dunn Company

Truman Flatt & Sons

Lincoln Land Concrete

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

Kinney Contractors

Proceeds benefit the Education Foundation scholarship program.

2018 MIDWINTER SEMINAR

Registration is now open for the 2018 Midwinter Seminar.  Save the dates of January 21 – 28 and join AGCI at the Resort at Pedregal in Los Cabos.  “Renew, Re-energize and Rediscover”; start planning your trip to Paradise now.  Bill and Jennifer Kinney (Kinney Contractors) have selected the site for 2018 and are looking forward to seeing you in Los Cabos. 

Visit their website www.theresortatpedregal.comto learn more about the resort. 

Please return your registration form by December 3to secure your room.  The registration form is located on AGCI’s website at http://www.agcil.org/cms/ckfinder/userfiles/files/MWRegistrationForm2018.pdf

 

 

 

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