Soaring Demand for Flexible Workforce

If you’ve spent any amount of time trying to recruit employees for construction and green energy projects, you know that the demand for skilled labor is at record highs. What has become apparent this year, is that finding construction employees

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Health Care Reform

Like many businesses and business advocates, the majority of the construction industry opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recently found by Supreme Court to be constitutional. Most fought President Obama’s health care plan because they believe it will

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The Importance of Improving Our Infrastructure

It is rare that groups as diverse as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO agree on an issue. It is even rarer when conservatives such as Paul Ryan, one of my heroes, advocate spending billions of tax dollars