A Track Record of Success
Since its inception, the Construction Advocacy Fund has helped AGC of America rack up an impressive list of advocacy results. Most recently, the Fund financed campaigns in support of workforce development, tax reform, and infrastructure investment reaching hundreds of thousands of construction professionals and social media users.
The Fund helped finance AGC’s involvement in the Build Your Future initiative that is a collaborative grassroots approach to construction workforce development. Its mission is to be the catalyst for recruiting the next generation of craft professionals by providing a collaborative grassroots approach to construction workforce forecasting and development that includes recruitment, training, placement, retention and image enhancement strategies.
While other industry trade groups chose to endorse early versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that would have done little to nothing to help the construction industry, AGC organized a rigorous lobbying effort that helped lower rates for passthroughs, such as S-corps, limited liability corporations and partnerships; eliminated Private Activity Bonds, essential to the financing of transportation infrastructure, low-income housing and other public construction and public- private partnership projects; and repealed the Historic Tax Credit, critical to the private construction market for the rehabilitation and renovation of historic buildings.
With the release of the White House’s infrastructure plan, AGC continues ramping up its efforts to push for improved infrastructure funding. In addition to working with other industry groups and coalitions, AGC launched its own social media campaign, Americans for Better Infrastructure. The campaign has so far connected with over 18,000 supporters in 12 key states – the home for 12 Senators who will be vital to getting an infrastructure bill passed. AGC also made a five-day push to get as many members and supporters to push the president to make infrastructure a top priority. The effort resulted in over 15,000 Tweets getting sent to the president urging him to keep his infrastructure promise. To complement the digital efforts, AGC has hosted media events in key areas to raise public awareness and strategically push state and federal legislators to increase funding for infrastructure.
Other successes helpful to the industry include:
- Financed an AGC study that took a deeper dive into existing information on fatalities with an eye towards learning new methods of preventing worker fatalities in the construction industry
- Funded a campaign digital advocacy campaign in opposition to the misleadingly named Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and development of a white paper for union contractors titled The PRO Act: What Union Contractors Need to Know
- Secured new federal funding for vital water infrastructure projects including waterways, locks and dams, coastal restoration and port facilities
- Contributed to the defeat of a California ballot initiative to repeal a recent gas tax increase and saved over $50B in infrastructure funding
- Fought off efforts to impose federally-mandated project labor agreements on over 60 federal projects, a near perfect record during the Obama Administration
- Helped fund the Texas Builds campaign designed to highlight the many benefits of working in construction, the industry’s strong commitment to safety, and the many career opportunities that exist in the growing state