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Impact on Construction

RR031820 coronavirusApril 7, 2020 – According to Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) chief economist Ken Simonson, once again last week, contractors reported more widespread impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on construction. AGC’s third weekly online survey, conducted March 30-April 2, drew 1,296 respondents, of whom 55% (up from 39% in the March 23-26 survey) reported that an owner (including a public owner regarding its own projects) had directed them to delay or cancel construction on a current project or one expected to start in the next 30 days. Also, 26% (up from 18%) reported that a government official or agency had ordered them to halt or cancel construction. In addition, 59% (up from 45%) reported various causes for project delays or disruptions: shortage of materials, equipment (including personal protective equipment for their workers) or parts, 35% (up from 23%); shortage of essential craftworkers (including subcontractors’ workers), 28% (up from 18%); shortage of government workers (whether to issue permits or certificates of occupancy, or to conduct inspections or lettings, or to make project awards), 16% (unchanged); potentially infected person had visited a jobsite, 18% (up from 13%). About 38% (up from 35%) of respondents said suppliers had notified them or their subcontractors that deliveries will be late or canceled. About 27% said they had furloughed or terminated jobsite workers and 16% reported doing so with office or other workers.

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Pelosi, Trump Align on Infrastructure Bill as Economic Relief

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March 31, 2019 – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a “Phase 4” economic-relief package could include “more direct payments” to Americans and spending on infrastructure. “The president said during the campaign and since, infrastructure was a priority for him. So that’s why we believe that in terms of recovery, that’s probably the most bipartisan path that we can take,” Pelosi said.

 

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An Appeal for PPE

RR050819 JohnsonMarch 30, 2020 – Mike Johnson, president and CEO of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), is appealing to the nation's aggregates producers to help with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). "There is great need for PPE among medical professionals and first responders across the country," he said. "As the COVID-19 crisis continues to grow, areas of our country that have become 'hotspots' are the most in need of safety equipment such as N95 masks, respirators, safety goggles, rubber gloves and the like. As responsible stewards of our communities, NSSGA wants to facilitate the good nature of our members to donate safety items they may have and be able to part with. Please respond via this link to let us know if you may have items you can donate and in what quantities of each item. NSSGA staff will work to put each company in touch with a Congressional office or organization for those items to be sent, so they may get to those in need at this time."

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Husch Blackwell Forms COVID-19 Response Team

RR031820 coronavirusMarch 27, 2020 – Legal Advisors Husch Blackwell launched a COVID-19 response team providing insight to businesses as they address challenges related to the coronavirus outbreak. Drawn together from numerous legal disciplines, practices and industries, its attorneys will produce regular content and develop programming to assist clients and other interested parties across multiple areas of operations. New offerings will be added on a rolling basis. State-by-state guidance can be found here. Should you have specific needs, message their dedicated email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Urge Your Governor to Classify the Aggregates Industry as Essential

RR031820 coronavirusMarch 26, 2020 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is urging NSSGA members and all aggregates producers to contact local, state and federal leaders to let them know that the aggregate and construction industries must be designated as essential industries to ensure vital public works projects continue; materials can reach those who need them most; and vertical structures can be built to help those most impacted by COVID-19.

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