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    ABC Keystone Wins Big With Endorsements

    With a strong slate of candidates in heavily contested races throughout central Pennsylvania, ABC Keystone issued endorsements in a number of races, throwing support behind candidates who have shown to be strong defenders of free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy.

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    Congressional Race Comes to a Close After Brutal Fight

    When incumbent Congressman Joe Pitts announced he was retiring after 20 years in office, potential candidates swarmed Lancaster County to determine if they had what it took to win the solidly Republican seat.
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    Statewide Races Feel the Effect of Presidential Fever

    Pennsylvanians also weighed in on a number of statewide races this week, with candidates feeling the effects of elevated voter turnout.

    While U.S. Senator Pat Toomey was uncontested on the Republican ticket, voters chose his opponent for November as Democrats went to the polls to support either Gov. Wolf former chief of staff Katie McGinty, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, or former Congressman Joe Sestak.  Sestak lost narrowly to Toomey in 2010, by a 51%-49% margin, however, his strong showing years ago was not enough to earn him another shot.  McGinty cruised to a win by a 44%-33% margin over Sestak, picking up nearly 650,000 votes statewide.

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    Presidential Contests Spotlight Pennsylvania

    This week’s so-called “Acela Primary,” featuring five states connected by the northeast Amtrak Acela railway line, was capped off by Pennsylvania’s massive delivery of delegates – 71 for Republicans and a whopping 189 for Democrats.  Tuesday’s Presidential primary election featured little surprises, but instead helped to propel the two frontrunners even closer to a November showdown.

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    Ask an Attorney: Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Subcontractors Caught in the Middle of Payment Disputes

    Pay-if-paid clauses are a common and frequently discussed contract clause. The clauses are typical in contracts between general contractors and subcontractors. These clauses state that the general contractor only has to pay the subcontractor if, and only if, the general contractor has first been paid by the owner. Under these clauses, if the owner fails to pay the general contractor, then the general contractor need not pay the subcontractor.
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    Free Enterprise Day 2016 Highlights Policy, Bipartisanship

    For the sixth consecutive year, members of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) from across Pennsylvania came together in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 12, to meet with legislators and discuss major policy issues affecting the merit shop construction industry.  Known as Free Enterprise Day, the event incorporates members from all five ABC chapters throughout Pennsylvania for a truly statewide advocacy effort.

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    Bill Advances: Shines Light on Public Sector Unions

    Early last year, Budget Secretary Randy Albright was in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee, laying out the administration’s plan for spending for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.  As part of the routine, annual process, Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) asked the Secretary about an incomplete line-item devoted to collective bargaining agreements for public sector unions that are contracted with the Commonwealth.  Secretary Albright responded that negotiations, and details of those negotiations, were confidential and not subject to public disclosure.  As the exchange escalated, Folmer committed to rectifying the situation by encouraging financial accountability for ongoing negotiations. Read the rest of entry »

    ABC Keystone Announces Newest Discount Program for Members

    ABC Keystone is pleased to announce our newest affinity discount program for members!  In partnership with one of our new members, ZEE Medical, ABC members are eligible to receive 10% off Zee Medical’s published prices, including all services and products. Read the rest of entry »

    OSHA Announces Drastic New Silica Exposure Rules

    Late last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a 1,772 page final rule that would drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of respirable crystalline silica for the construction industry. The changes are scheduled to take effect on June 23, 2016. Construction employers must comply with the requirements of the standard by June 23, 2017, except for requirements for laboratory evaluation of exposure samples, which begin on June 23, 2018.
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    Free Enterprise Day Drawing Near

    On April 12th, ABC members from across the state will convene in  Harrisburg for our annual Free Enterprise Day.  The event features  educational seminars on how to get more involved in advocacy, customized meetings with legislators from your area, and an evening reception with dozens and dozens of legislators from across the Commonwealth.
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