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JAN 2019

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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6 • January 2019 www.concreteproducts.com GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ORGANIZATIONS The Sunshine State topped the Associated Builders & Contractors 2018 Merit Shop Scorecard, vaulting from ninth position the prior year on the strength of its free enterprise and open-competition approach to the construction sector, increased career and technical education opportunities, and job growth rates. Michigan saw the biggest year-over-year improvement, rocketing from 24 th to seventh after the repeal of its prevailing wage law, which will result in greater competition and lower costs for construction projects. The annual ranking of states and District of Columbia is based on policies or programs that encourage such criteria and ensure that construction contracts are awarded solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. "States like Florida and Michigan have built an envi- ronment that allows merit shop construction contractors to thrive," says ABC Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck. "Prioritizing policies that support small business owners, the American worker and the overall construction sector spurs economic growth, which directly leads to more projects and therefore more construction jobs across the country." Comparatively, California tumbled from 38 th in 2017 to 50 th on the 2018 Merit Shop Scorecard due to a decreased focus on workforce development and careers in technical education, which remains a pri- ority for ABC members and the overall construction sector. California was trailed only by Illinois, which was ranked last for the second year in a row with an F rating in project labor agreements, prevailing wage, Right to Work and workforce development incentives. "Much of the movement up and down in the rankings was due in part to the level of state policymaker support for workforce development and technical education," notes Brubeck. "With an estimated 500,000 open construction positions in the United States, it is essential that states prioritize workforce policies that recruit, educate and benefit the American worker and fill the skills gap." Entering its fifth year, Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard rates state laws, programs, policies and statistics to highlight those that have created the conditions for growth and identify areas where strategic improvements are needed. Criteria and definitions are posted at www.meritshopscorecard.org. Florida, Michigan policies merit construction stakeholder attention Base tabs from the main Overall Ranking page (top) score states on (from left) Project Labor Agreement Mandates, Prevailing Wage, Right to Work, Public-Private Partnerships, Workforce Develop- ment, Career & Technical Education, and Job Growth Rate. GeT Level Sensors on your Radar NCR-80 non-contact radar measures reliably in dusty cement, sand, and gravel. Measure silo inventory using 80 GHz frequency focused in a narrow 4° beam angle with accuracy of 0.2 inches. Get data from the BinView web app, Binventory software, or panel meter displays. www.binmaster.com 402-434-9102 OVERALL RANKING RIGHT TO WORK WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

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