ABC Members Highlight Historic LegCon Visit

Kristi Pronovost ABC's Keystone Center Apprenticeship Blog, Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Each year, ABC National showcases the vital advocacy efforts of the organization with a weeklong Legislative Conference, or LegCon, in Washington, D.C. The conference is filled with seminars, meetings, and speakers, culminating in an advocacy day throughout the halls of Congress. ABC members …

What’s In There? A Budget Primer

Kristi Pronovost ABC's Keystone Center Apprenticeship Blog, Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs With the Pennsylvania Senate set to vote on the 2018-2019 general appropriations bill, commonly referred to as the “budget,” this week, it looks like the legislature will wrap up early or on time for the first time in several years. The bill passed …

Governor Set To Sign Legislation Affecting Private Party Contracts

Kristi Pronovost Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Senate approved significant changes to a bill that would offer the first major revamp of Pennsylvania’s private contracting law in over 20 years.  Since then, the bill has not traveled to the desk of the Governor, who has indicated …

Wagner Steps Down as Race Heats Up

Kristi Pronovost Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs The Senate Republican caucus, which makes up 34 members of the 50-member body, is at a highwater mark, holding a veto-proof majority. On Wednesday, however, that number got a little smaller as one of the caucus’s most outspoken members announced his intention to …

Legislature Looks to Change Rules for Work Stoppage

Kristi Pronovost Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs In 1994, the Pennsylvania legislature passed the Contractor & Subcontractor Payment Act (CASPA), opening the door to government regulation of private construction contracting.  The law was an attempt to provide parity between the rights of all parties involved in the construction process, establishing …