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The Importance of Balance in Government

The Ancient Greeks spoke and wrote of the importance of balance. This concept embodied the ideals of excellence of character and soundness of mind, which when combined in one well-balanced individual leads to other qualities, such as temperance, moderation, prudence … Continue reading

The Industry’s VOTE Matters!

A Message from AGC’s Executive Director Oregon voters begin receiving their ballots this week… The 2016 election cycle has been unlike any other. From House and Senate races to statewide races and initiative referrals, we are being inundated with television … Continue reading

OP-ED: Looking at the need for real tax reform in Oregon

Soon after these comments are published, Oregon voters will decide the fate of the second major proposal to reshape state taxation in less than a decade. But this month’s column isn’t focused solely on Measure 97 (although I will say … Continue reading

OP-Ed: Government and the total cost of citizenship

In the words of Ted Nugent, “If there was a Hall of Fame of Common Sense, a huge statue of Grover Norquist would be at the front door.” As the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), Norquist … Continue reading

Minimum Wage Rule

Minimum Wage Rule Rule Effective Date: July 1, 2016 In anticipation of July 1 for minimum wage implementations, the State of Oregon has issued the ruling regarding how employees are to be paid with particular attention to employees that work … Continue reading

OP-ED: Oregon’s initiative and referendum process: a growing crisis

This column originally appeared in The Daily Journal of Commerce in Buildings Bridges and Roads By: Mike Salsgiver Oregon’s system of “direct government” is failing us. That is a strong statement, I know, but first a little American history. The … Continue reading

Help AGCA Strengthen Its Legislative Efforts

Help AGCA Plan for the Future You have an opportunity to help AGC of America and its chapters gauge the reach of our collective networks and enable us to effectively plan for future public policy discussions. By understanding our network … Continue reading

OP-ED: A postmortem of the 2016 legislative session

This column originally appeared in The Daily Journal of Commerce in Buildings Bridges and Roads By: Mike Salsgiver Oregon’s 78th legislative session came to a close earlier this month. This session was the third official “short session” constitutionally mandated to … Continue reading

OP-ED: Initiative Petition 28 is bad for business

This column originally appeared in The Daily Journal of Commerce in Buildings Bridges and Roads By: Mike Salsgiver Since 1990, when voters approved Measure 5 to place limits on property taxes, we have seen policy-making power taken from the hands … Continue reading

Sick Leave Assistance Is Available to You!

Miss out on AGC’s Sick Leave Technical Assistance Seminars? We’ve got you covered! Did you miss out on AGC’s construction-specific seminars in Redmond and Eugene last week? If so, you missed a wonderful continental breakfast and some great information! But … Continue reading


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