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Construction Industry Under Attack
Urge Your Senators to Stand Up for the Construction Industry in Immigration Debate
A bi-partisan group of Senators is working on an important piece of immigration reform – the future temporary worker visa program. These Senators are currently considering singling out the construction industry from using the future temporary worker visa program by including significant restrictions. Some of the barriers being considered are:

Restricting construction employers from using the program unless local construction unemployment is below historical rates, Forcing construction employers to pay temporary workers at a higher wage than U.S. workers, and Making construction employers pay a significant fee for using the program.
In addition, certain construction occupations would be permanently barred from the program and others would be more severely restricted. While some restrictions would exist for other industries, construction would be unique…
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Construction Industry Under Attack – Urge Your Senator to Stand Up for the Construction Industry in Immigration Debate
A bi-partisan group of Senators – Schumer (D-N.Y.), McCain (R-Ariz.), Durbin (D-Ill.), Graham (R-S.C.), Menendez (D-N.J.), Rubio (R-Fla.), Bennet (D-Colo.), and Flake (R-Ariz.) – are working on an important piece of immigration reform – the future temporary worker visa program. These Senators are currently considering excluding the construction industry from any future temporary worker visa program. That would make construction the only industry not eligible to legally bring in temporary workers if they are needed.  Very few details have been agreed upon, but this is the first contentious issue being fought over. The construction industry employs nearly 6 million people; forecasts show the industry adding two million more people to construction payrolls by 2020. The last time major immigration reform was signed into law was 1986, so if this bi-partisan …
On Wednesday, March 20th the Senate Finance Committee will consider an amendment to HB 2111 that will make changes in the prime contracting statutue.  While we are awaiting the exact language of the amendment, these are the main points affecting commercial contracting:
1. Leave prime contracting in place for public road projects.
2. For commercial and residential projects allow the cities to keep prime contracting procedures as is. 
3. The state would abandon prime contracting and tax material for commercial and residential at the point of sale.
4. There may be adjustment of the 65 percent factor to try to equalize the total tax paid.
Since last summer ABA has been meeting with the Governor’s Transaction Privilege Task Force in an effort to simplify the TPT statute.  That effort appears to have failed and instead, the Legislature is considering an even more tortuous law than we now have!
Please contact the members of the Senate Finance Committee and ask them to oppose changing the current …
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Come Celebrate Our Honorees!
We all know how hard it is to run a successful business for any length of time; demands on time, people, resources, material and funds all take their toll. However, there are a select group of people that are able to rise above it all & not only survive, but succeed! VoS CFMA would like to recognize these leaders and invite you to join us at the 2013 VoS CFMA Executive of the Year Banquet. See below for all the details, and please join us Thursday, April 18th at the Hotel Palomar Phoenix – Cityscape!

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