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The Merit Shop Advocacy Update

You may have heard the term “August recess” from our advocacy team, but it’s not like the recess you remember from grade school. It is a time when legislative sessions are on break in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. to allow lawmakers to travel their districts. In an election year, politicians maximize this time to meet with constituents and talk about issues important to them. ABC will use this time to meet with as many of our elected officials as possible to let them know what is impacting your business.

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Member Spotlight:
Nicole Behn, Edwards Business Systems

Tell Us About Your Company!
Edwards Business Systems (EBS) began as a typewriter repair and exchange company in 1954 in West Reading, PA and has constantly been adapting in every one of our 68+ years in business. By responding to our clients’ needs and recognizing the constant changes in our industry, we have grown from a single storefront providing office supplies and typewriters to one of the largest independent office technology companies in North America with 14 locations throughout the mid-Atlantic.

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The Merit Shop Advocacy Update

The summer is upon us. The legislature completed their work on a $44 billion state budget, along with accompanying “code bills” that specify how taxpayer dollars are to be allocated. The budget represents an 11 percent increase over last year, largely due to unspent federal stimulus and increases in public education spending. The budget deposited $2.1 billion into the Rainy Day Fund, bringing the total to about $5 billion. Lawmakers believe the fund will help shield Pennsylvanians from tax increases if the economy slips into a recession and/or revenues decrease.

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ABC Keystone YP Blog

Young Professionals Spotlight

Meet Donald Stahlnecker! My role is Project Manager at Warfel Construction Company in our Operations Department. Internally, I manage our construction teams on the individual projects on which I’m working, and externally, I coordinate with our clients and design teams on project schedules, costs, and constructability.

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President Message 22.07.01

Message from the President-CEO

This month we celebrate the July 4th holiday, or as the older generation knows it, “Independence Day.” For some, this is just another day off from work. But to many, it is truly the celebration of our freedom, freedom from oppression and tyranny to create a more perfect government. This day is recognized yearly in honor of the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

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Member Spotlight: Quarry View Building Group

In 2008, Quarry View Building Group came about as a result of Ben, Levi, and Chris King following their dreams. The brothers desired to build projects utilizing old-world building techniques. Their foundation of a rich Amish heritage in craftsmanship led the way for Quarry View to become a builder of custom timber frame, commercial, residential, and equestrian buildings. Like the first artisan builders of America, our focus goes beyond functionality and durability to timeless design.

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A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Message from the Chair: Elections Have Consequences

Who is tired of hearing “elections have consequences?” I know I am, but after spending several days in Washington D.C. at the ABC National Legislative Conference, I get it. ABC National has been tracking several issues and waiting for some of the rules from the current administration to determine the next course of action. Several of these steps include preparing to file suit. The list of items from this administration that ABC opposes is extensive, and I suggest you visit the ABC website to review the list in detail. There are two items that I would like to highlight as they are of great importance to ABC members.

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The Merit Shop Advocacy Update

The last week of June is traditionally the “mad dash” to complete the state budget and hit the campaign trail. This year has been no different. While both sides were optimistic a budget deal could be made early and without much “heartburn,” those hopes were dampened by disagreements on various policy issues and funding certain state-related universities.

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YP Perspective - ABC Keystone

Young Professionals Perspective

In today’s world, retirement plans such as a 401(k) are not only commonplace, but are almost a requirement. Whether you are talking about attracting new talent or retaining your current employees, giving people the opportunity to save for their retirement is something most employers need to consider. Defined benefit plans are far less common these days. As such, most employees are realizing the need to plan for their own retirement. Sure, employers will reap the benefits of their company contributions being tax deductible, but what if there was another way a contractor could leverage their retirement plan to help make bids more competitive? The Davis Bacon Act can allow employers to do just that.

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STEP

Message from the President-CEO:
Safety First…Why STEP?

We hear all the time from those outside our industry that we are not safe, yet we hear our members say they take “Safety First” seriously. Which is it? It’s probably a little bit of both. Statistically, over the last several decades our industry has continued to get safer. However, we can do better to reduce jobsite injuries and fatalities.

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Message from the President-CEO: ABC Keystone Expands

The Keystone Chapter has expanded its footprint from 10 counties of South-Central PA to a new footprint of 33 counties in Central PA. The Board of Directors for the ABC Central PA Chapter voted in May to have their Chapter consolidated into the ABC Keystone Chapter. Following this vote, your ABC Keystone Board of Directors voted to accept the consolidation. The final step was in June, when the National ABC Board voted to approve the consolidation as of June 14, 2022.

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