A Line-Item Veto Well Worth Making

Michele Daugherty
President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California

When Gov. Jerry Brown considers a new state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, he’ll have a rare opportunity to simultaneously continue a program giving people a second chance in life, reducing prison recidivism, and saving the taxpayers money. All he has to do is run his pen through a part of the […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Senate Bill 825

Michele Daugherty
President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California

If only the issues held more interest for the public, they might stir more outrage. What Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and pre-apprenticeship training programs lack in eye-grabbing and ear-riveting attention, they more than make up for in unintended consequences for thousands of working Californians. If Senate Bill 825 becomes law, there will be serious consequences […]

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Senate Bill 825 Will Exacerbate Construction Crisis

Michele Daugherty
President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California

As a woman that began her career in the trades, I want to formally applaud Assemblywoman Catharine Baker for her resolution, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 182, commemorating Women in Construction Week which passed its first roll-call vote, 69-0, within minutes of her finishing her presentation. I proudly observed it happening from the balcony of the Assembly […]

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Celebrating Amazing Trades Professionals During “Careers in Construction Month”

Michele Daugherty
President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California

California is in a building boom right now, with state and local leaders working around-the-clock to ensure we are providing safe, affordable housing, commercial development, and infrastructure work for the disadvantaged – to California’s communities. But all too often we focus on the “Big Wigs” involved in that effort, and not the everyday Californians, notably […]

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Let’s Tip Our Hats to the Hard Hats During “Careers in Construction Month”

Michele Daugherty
President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California

The Legislature has adjourned for the year and Governor Brown has until this Fridayto decide on the remaining stack of bills that have arrived on his desk. If last year, policy-wise, was considered the “Year of the Highway” with marked transportation reforms, 2017 has clearly been regarded as the “Year of Hammer to Nail,” with great […]

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