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Biden Administration’s Davis-Bacon ‘Reforms’ Are More Pork for Labor Unions

May 17, 2022

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act delivers $550 billion of funding to improve our nation’s infrastructure, and the construction industry stands ready to deliver on the law’s promised revitalization of America’s roads, schools, bridges, utilities, and transportation systems.

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Materials Prices, Interest Rates and Defense Spending: Major Impacts of the Invasion of Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine will have three first-order impacts on the U.S. construction industry. The first relates to materials prices, which are already sky-high and have induced some project owners to delay project start dates.

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The PRO Act Would Be a Crushing Economic Blow to 27 Right-to-Work States, AAF Study Finds

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would produce significant economic costs for the nation’s 27 right-to-work states in an effort to increase union power at the expense of worker freedom and small businesses, according to a report issued by the American Action Forum on Aug. 13.

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Good News on Prices for Some Construction Materials

The elevated price of softwood lumber, a major talking point during much of the pandemic, appears to have peaked in early May at more than $1,700 per thousand board feet. As of June 23, the price has fallen below $900 per board feet, down about 49% in less than two months. 

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Biden Administration Announces Key Findings From Reviews on America’s Supply Chain

On June 10, the Biden-Harris administration announced key findings from the reviews directed under Executive Order 14017 “America’s Supply Chains,” as well as immediate actions the administration will take to strengthen American supply chains to promote economic security, national security and “good-paying, union jobs here at home.”

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What the Surge In Construction Material Prices Means

Because coronavirus vaccine distribution is accelerating, the expectation is that worldwide demand for steel, aluminum, oil and other productive inputs will surge later in 2021. The result could be substantial upward pressure on construction input prices. 

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Participate in ABC’s CBI/CCI Economic Survey

All ABC contractor members received the monthly Construction Backlog Indicator/Construction Confidence Survey in their inboxes on Tuesday, April 20. Please encourage your members to respond to this monthly survey to help us understand the market forces that are shaping the construction outlook for the coming months.

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The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Dec. 7, 2020

ABC reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.2 months in November, a decrease of 0.5 months from October’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Nov. 20 to Dec. 2. Backlog is 1.7 months lower than in November 2019.

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The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Dec. 1, 2020

On this week’s episode of “The Bottom Line With ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu,” get insights on the  nonresidential construction spending, which was virtually unchanged in October,  according to an ABC analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Nov. 11, 2020

On this week’s episode of “The Bottom Line With ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu,” get insights on the Construction Backlog Indicator, which rebounded to 7.7 months in October, an increase of 0.2 months from September’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5. Backlog is 1.2 months lower than in October 2019.

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The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Nov. 3, 2020

On this week’s episode of “The Bottom Line With ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu,” get insights on the latest GPD growth and nonresidential construction spending.

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