Public Policy Positions



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The Associated General Contractors of Vermont will continue to support Vermont’s building trades by having a regular presence and involvement with the legislative process. The AGC/VT lobbying team has prepared for another session during the COVID-19 pandemic which will mean web conference committee meetings, challenging budgetary conversations, and additional engagement efforts with leaders.


Regulatory 
 

  • Support a state wide housing plan to address the shortage of workforce home ownership
  • Oppose state action on any employee classification policies until USDOL has completed defining who should be considered an employee or independent contractor
  • Support enforcement of traffic laws within work zones by either adding uniformed officer enforcement to VTRANS contracts or employment of speed detecting license plate reading technology
  • Oppose required licensing or registration of commercial contractors
  • Oppose any policy proposed by the Vermont Climate Council that will unnecessarily negatively impact Vermont businesses

Financial
  • Support a strategic plan to spend fund from the Federal Infrastructure package in a timely manner that the workforce can complete
  • Oppose doubling of the dyed diesel tax to pay for home winterization
  • Oppose mandated employer funded vacation and family leave programs
  • Support reinstatement of association health insurance plans
  • Oppose any new unemployment insurance charges/funds/programs to increase benefits based on the failure of the $25/week supplemental payment from Act 51 of 2021
 

Employment
  • Oppose requirements to disclose personal contact information from non-government organizations
  • Support changing the employee drug testing threshold from “probable cause” to “reasonable suspicion”
  • Support elimination of marijuana from employee drug test panels
  • Oppose policies expanding both Vermont’s Prevailing Wage and Davis Bacon
  • Support Vermont continuing the tradition of “employment at will”
  • Support exempting military retirement from state income tax
  • Support funding of Vermonts workforce development program to include AGC/VTs workforce program

Meet Your Lobbying Team 
 
 
Lobbying Team
 
Matt Musgrave- Government Affairs Director
 
Heather Shouldice- William Shouldice and Associates
 
Tess Kennedy- William Shouldice and Associates
 
Emma Shouldice- William Shouldice and Associates
Government Affairs Committee
 
Cheryl Harvey- Chair
Brent Tewksbury
Dave Markowski
Jason Sicard
Mark Peloquin
Kathi Perry
Steve Griffin
Tom Garrett
Tom Loyer
Kellen Cloud
 
 
 
AGC National Priorities 

AGC works with the Legislative Action Committee to set the legislative agenda every two years, to coincide with the start of each new congressional session.  Issues are added or removed from the legislative agenda based on three factors: the top issues of importance for a majority of AGC members, the timeliness of each individual issue and the achievability of success. Once the legislative agenda is set, AGC's government affairs subject matter experts create one-pagers to provide talking points for issues currently moving through the legislative or regulatory process. These one-pagers can be found by visiting www.agc.org/agcs-policy-priorities.  

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