Kansas City Eyes Bond Requirement for Subdivision Developers

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The Manhattan City Commission will discuss a draft resolution Tuesday that would require subdivision developers to make upfront security payments for benefit district work. The work session starts at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The commission will discuss this draft as the city seeks ways to reduce risks associated with benefit districts being used for residential subdivision development. Tell me …

Private Owners, Firms Might Have to Invest More in Construction-Labor Education

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Ask commercial developers in a major market to name their biggest challenges, and the rising cost of construction will be at or near the top of the list. But while the complaints have grown louder in recent years, the underlying problem has been decades in the making, and the current administration’s policies only figure to make it worse. Read the …

Take Steps to Protect Against Violations of Federal Contracting Rules

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The U.S. government appropriated $120 billion for federal construction spending in 2017, covering a range of projects from the construction of a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters to building agricultural research facilities, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, even with its cuts to key federal spending programs and new funds for …

New Mexico Man Sentenced for Using Fake Bond on School Project, Evading Tax

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An Albuquerque-area contractor has been ordered to spend 27 months in federal prison and pay more than $410,000 in restitution in a tax evasion and fraud case. Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Joseph Dubois was sentenced this week. His prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release. Tell me more >>>

Senator: S.C. Residents Paying for Lack of Bond on Nuclear Plant

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As a freshman senator I voted against the now infamous Base Load Review Act (BLRA) and urged my colleagues to do likewise. Unfortunately it wasn’t so infamous back then. I lost by a vote of 21 to 1 in the April 3, 2007, Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. I lost by an even larger margin via voice vote on the Senate …