Virtual Meet and Greet with Area Elected Officials

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Join us as we host virtual fundraising events for elected officials that represent Cumberland and Dauphin counties. This is your opportunity to ask questions of members that support our issues and serve on key committees!

A Summer to Remember

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While the Capitol Building has been closed to the public for several months, the government affairs team has been working hard advocating on behalf of the construction industry. Utilizing email, phone, and virtual platforms, we continue to engage elected officials on behalf of our members. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly did not slow down activities of state government, in fact, the General Assembly has been in session more days and has been more active than in “normal” years. Here is a rundown of just a few of the happenings over the last month:

An Interesting and Unique Political Season

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In typical years, June is an active month, as Legislators put the final touches on a state budget and other agreed-to bills before recessing for the summer. While the state budget was – at least temporarily – completed before June, this month was extremely active from a political and legislative perspective – and we are only at the midway point! Here is a recap of two major happenings:

The Halfway Point

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Despite the crisis, ABC Pennsylvania’s government affairs program has been active and has made a difference. We strengthened relationships with associations in sharing information, resources, and intelligence. Our grassroots advocacy network has grown by nearly 50 percent. We topped 1,100 calls and emails into the Governor and Legislature on issues of concern.

Fulfilling Your Civic Duty During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the way we conduct our daily lives – including voting. Pennsylvania’s primary election was moved to Tuesday, June 2. Polls will be in operation from 7 am to 8 pm and will be expected to adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Getting Back to Business – Advocacy Update

In these unparalleled times, your service and membership with the Associated Builders and Contractors is greatly appreciated. While our methods have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to be engaged at all levels of government. In fact, in the past month, we have seen record actions from our members. On behalf of ABC […]

Important Resources for the Construction Industry’s Re-opening

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BY: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC PA Director of Government Affairs On Friday, May 1, employers in the construction industry, if they chose to do so, resumed work on construction projects. Businesses that  are open must adhere to strict construction guidance issued by the Governor. The guidelines require employers to develop, implement, and enforce safety […]

ABC Pennsylvania Applauds Passage of House Bill 2400

Contact: Dave Sload, President-CEO ABC Keystone 717-653-8106   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 21, 2020 (MANHEIM, PA.) The Associated Builders and Contractors of Pennsylvania (ABC Pennsylvania) has been supportive of state and federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that are essential or have been granted waivers from the governor’s business closure […]

ABC PA and 20 Construction, Consulting and Design Industries Join Forces in Request to Recognize Residential and Commercial Construction as a Life Sustaining Business

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ABC PA joined forces with 20 construction, consulting, and design industries to ask the Governor to recognize residential and commercial construction as a life sustaining business.  See the joint statement below: March 25, 2020 RE: Joint request to recognize residential and commercial construction as a life sustaining business Governor Tom Wolf: The Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has […]

Coronavirus Resources for Employers – A Legislative Update

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, Director of Government Affairs The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted businesses around the world.  In response, the U.S. Congress and Trump Administration are working on a series of legislative “packages” to assist the healthcare industry, individuals, and businesses. The first bill to reach the President’s Desk was $8.3 billion in […]

Spring is in the Air

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By: David G. Greineder, IOM, Director of Government Affairs Believe it or not, we are heading into the “spring session” of 2020. On March 16, the Legislature returns from a month-long break that allowed the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to hold public hearings on the Governor’s proposed budget. In the months ahead, the state […]