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Budget Trailer Bill 502 would expand DIR fines and agency notice requirements

Posted in Legislation, Prevailing Wages, Public Works Funding

On March 17, 2017, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) submitted Budget Trailer Bill 502. Budget Trailer Bill 502 would provide changes to the existing contractor registration requirements, as well as changes to the requirement for agencies to provide the DIR with notice of pending public works projects, as initially required by SB 854. SB… Continue Reading

Federal Stimulus Bill Means Increased Infrastructure Spending Coming to the Bay Area

Posted in Legislation, Public Works Funding

While the recession has led to a drastic slowdown in the construction industry, the horizon looks brighter as the Bay Area preps for a welcome infusion of cash from the federal government. The money comes from the federal stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. During his campaign President Obama emphasized the… Continue Reading

San Jose BART extension in trouble after tax-increase ballot measure defeated

Posted in Public Works Funding

On June 6, 2006, Santa Clara County voters soundly rejected Measure A, which proposed a half-cent tax increase designed to rescue the financially struggling BART extension to Santa Clara County.  Measure A was defeated 127,935 (57.41%) “no” votes to 94,891 (42.59%) “yes” votes. The $4.7 billion BART extension is now in serious doubt, as without the… Continue Reading