Florida legislative negotiators struck a deal Tuesday night on a multibillion-dollar state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, including a significant increase in spending on public schools.

On April 30, President Trump and congressional Democrats agreed to work together on a massive $2 trillion infrastructure package and to identify ways to pay for it in the coming weeks.

Fifteen of the busiest ports, three of which are located in Florida, will soon receive $92 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center.

Thirty-eight states added construction jobs between March 2018 and March 2019, while construction employment increased in 29 states between February and March, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act expires on September 30, 2020. A reauthorization is necessary to keep highway and transit program funding from being disrupted. A long-term bill of 5 to 6 years is the best option because it allows states to do long term planning in their highway, bridge and transit construction programs.

According to the latest Contractor Compensation Quarterly (CCQ) published by PAS, Inc., construction executive staff wage increases came in at 4.1% for 2018 and are projected to rise by an average 3.8% by 2019 year end.  Though the projected 2019 increase is 3.8%, it is pointed out that historically executive staff predictions are low, so year-end 2019 increases might come in even as high as 4.3% to 4.5%.

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has released a revised version of its annual Trends & Outlook Report now renamed Union Labor Costs in Construction.  The report includes general and detailed information about trends in collectively bargained compensation in the industry, including data analyses by region, by time, and by trade. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on an interpretive statement published April 15, concluding that “releases of pollutants to groundwater are categorically excluded from Clean Water Act’s permitting requirements because Congress explicitly left regulation of discharges to groundwater to the states and to EPA under other statutory authorities.”  

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