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1/17/2018

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing $1.5 billion worth of capital improvements and infrastructure projects for the state's colleges, a bridge and water systems, but the plans could face opposition from Republicans, who control the House and Senate. The governor proposed a similar bill in the last two legislative sessions, yielding no success in 2016 and less than $1 million last year.

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1/17/2018

The $920 million Resorts World Catskills is due to open in February, and the owners are adding the $150 million Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark. The project is expected to create 250 construction jobs and is 35% complete, but an opening date hasn't been announced.

1/17/2018

With immigrant workers filling gaps in the US labor market, disputes over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are concerning to the construction industry. An analysis by the National Association of Home Builders shows that native-born workers are leaving the construction trades, creating a greater dependence on immigrant labor.

1/17/2018

The White House is expected to make a decision about tariffs on solar panel imports at any time, but this editorial asserts such tariffs would worsen American job losses. "Artificially raising prices on imported solar cells and panels would hurt a burgeoning domestic solar industry that employs the kind of "forgotten" Americans whom Trump champions: small contractors who employ blue-collar workers earning a median of $26 an hour; one in 10 are veterans," it reads.

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1/17/2018

Civil engineers often get so busy making a living that making a life gets pushed to the side. How can you achieve a better work-life balance? ASCE's 2018 President Kristina Swallow tells you how she manages and how you can, too, in an exclusive, free ASCE eLearning Webinar for members, Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Register today.

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1/17/2018

With the president making an infrastructure plan a 2018 priority, and work progressing behind the scenes, anticipation is mounting for what it will contain. Leaders should look to ASCE's Principles for Infrastructure Investment for answers to what an effective plan should include. Read what ASCE considers must-haves in any federal infrastructure bill.

1/17/2018

The US Chamber of Commerce has jumped into the infrastructure debate, and it plans to propose a 25-cent increase in the gas tax. The chamber estimates that the increase would raise $375 billion over the next 10 years, and it also plans to offer other suggestions on ways to improve private investment in infrastructure projects in a forthcoming proposal.

1/17/2018

This industry requires a great deal of documentation from contracts to site plans to change orders, and for many years, this documentation was put in print. Needless to say, this comes with myriad issues. Documentation get misplaced or is not available when you need it. Learn how going digital can benefit your roofing business.

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1/17/2018

A judge in Utah has ordered a man to remediate and restore the land on which he operates a motocross track and to post a $683,046 performance bond in addition to paying civil penalties. The landowner is appealing the ruling and said he isn't planning to pay anything.

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1/17/2018

CityPlace, a $6.5 billion mixed-use development in in Santa Clara, Calif., and a 970,000-square-foot office development in San Jose are moving forward after city officials reached agreement on infrastructure and other improvements. Each city had filed lawsuits, but with the agreement in place, ground could break soon.