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Weekly Poll (80)


How much gray hair does your staff have?


While Duke Energy will pay more than $100 million in an EPA case for a coal-ash spill, two companies will each pay just $2,000 for a tunnel collapse that injured five workers. Does EPA have too much enforcement power, OSHA not enough, both, or neither?


Planning a vacation this summer?


Indiana has scrapped its 80-year-old system for setting minimum wages on major public-works projects. What do you say?


A proposed Iowa law would require companies planning mega-projects to obtain agreements with 75% of the affected property owners before seeking eminent-domain authority. Good law or bad law?


Private energy companies are invoking eminent domain authority to gain access to homeowner property, saying their pipeline surveys have a public function. What do you think?


Florida wants to again tighten the statute of limitations for suing over construction defects, even for public works construction. How long should builders, developers and contractors be on the hook for their work?


March Madness will cost employers $1.2 billion for each hour of lost worker production in the first week of the tourney. Is the madness affecting your workplace?


What is the best way to fund infrastructure maintenance in the U.S. going forward?


The Keystone XL pipeline project is back on hold after a presidential veto, while the State Department reviews the project again. No action date has been set. What should happen next?


M/W/DBE fraud has been widely reported lately. What's the best way to address that problem?


What would help your business most in 2015?


Bill Gates and other private owners of an otherwise-sound bridge are under pressure to paint it. What maintenance duties do private owners of infrastructure have?


A new DOD policy will allow up to 1,500 undocumented immigrants with “high-demand skills” to serve in the U.S. military. Ok by you?


Election Day in the U.S. is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Will you vote?


A proposed U.S. rule would prohibit "pay secrecy" by federal contractors and protect workers who discuss company wages. What’s your view?


This Labor Day, how do you size up the trade union movement?


The U.S. Congress is winding up the August vacation it mandated in 1970. It also took off three weeks before March 10, and the House has shortened its 2014 calendar. You’re paying these folks. How much time off should they have in a year?


Five mega-projects are competing for ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. Which gets your vote?


A new U.S. Executive Order will require bidders for major federal contracts to report recent wage, safety or other labor law violations. Good idea or bad idea?


Trading time is over. Who’s your pick for the 2014 World Series champs?


Who, in your experience, is usually the weakest link in the project team?


The U.S. Highway Trust Fund is set to go broke in August. What should Congress do?


New U.S. rules are in effect to increase hiring of veterans and individuals with disabilities. Have these mandates affected your hiring practices?


What is your priority in evaluating a job applicant?


A California utility wants the authority to remove trees and structures from private property if they threaten pipeline integrity. What do you think?


How does your 2014 summer work season look, compared to last year’s?


Planning a vacation this summer?


Two-thirds of construction firms say they’re having a hard time finding qualified workers. How about you and your company?


On average, how much time do you spend each month expanding your job training/education (e.g., attending webinars or training, reading journals)?


The U.S. State Department has put an indefinite hold on the Keystone XL pipeline, due to 2 million new public comments and a lawsuit in Nebraska. What do you think?


The new color of the Jimmie Davis Bridge in Louisiana is being chosen by a public vote. (Note: Voting ends May 2.) Good idea or bad idea?


California is weighing a bill that would hold contractors liable for wages, taxes and workers comp shortchanged by subcontractors and temp agencies. Good idea or bad idea?


What legislative priority should the American Coatings Association’s PaintPAC be looking for in its political candidates this year?


How did you make your March Madness bracket picks this year?


Some in the U.S. Congress have proposed allowing the states, rather than the federal government, to oversee the U.S. highway and surface transportation system. Good idea or bad idea?


How did you watch the Olympics this year?


Did you attend SSPC 2014, and was it worth it?


A bill now before Congress would raise the federal minimum hourly wage to $10.10. Should Congress pass the bill, kill it, or pursue an amended version?


The 112th Congress was one of the least productive in U.S. history. Who carries most of the blame for that?


As of Jan. 1, 21 states now pay more (some substantially more) than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Whom do you think should set minimum wage?


Call them resolutions, or call them goals. Have you set any for 2014?


What song best sums up 2013 for you?


On average, about how many “Top News” articles in PaintSquare News do you skim or read each day?


What, in your experience, is the top cause of coating project failures?


Whom do you hold most responsible for the U.S. budget impasse and government shutdown?


Employers report difficulty in finding skilled workers at all levels. Do you think good help is hard to find these days?


Which work pressure is most likely to keep you up at night?


Have gas prices and the economy crimped your summer vacation plans?


The U.S. has removed limits on the value of contracts that may be set aside for women-owned small businesses. What do you think?


What is your preferred social media tool for business?


What do you think is the most effective way to prevent or resolve project disputes?


What do you advise President Obama on the Keystone XL Pipeline project?


What sort of name would be best for the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Ontario?


Some in Congress have adopted a “zero compromise” approach to the federal budget, no matter the consequences. What do you think of this approach?


PaintSquare is developing a Video How-To Series. What topics would interest you most?


President Obama has proposed a “Fix it First” program for infrastructure, funded by a public-private Partnership to Rebuild America. What should Congress do with these ideas?


How does your upcoming peak season look, compared to last year?


How would tightening immigration laws affect the coatings and construction industries?


Overall, where would you rather work/manage others: a union company or an open shop?


Do you plan to attend SSPC 2013?


How do you expect Hurricane Sandy to affect your business?


The U.S. National Hockey League lockout has already cancelled the pre-season. Whom do you blame?


What is your current/prospective market?


Good news! A magic genie will grant you one wish to improve your business. (Bad news: He has no money.) Which do you want?


OSHA’s UK counterpart is adapting a “loser pays” system, in which companies that break health and safety laws would have to help pay for investigation and enforcement. What do you think of this idea?


Free JPCL/SSPC webinars in which area would be most helpful to you?


What impact overall do you believe that unions have on today’s coatings projects?


Work-site webcams are becoming more popular, to give taxpayers, supervisors and clients a front seat at the action. Would you allow this technology on one of your projects?


Have you cut back on your profit margins and charges to get business in the current economy?


What is the best way for the US to invest in its infrastructure needs?


Where do you turn first when you encounter a significant problem on a coatings project?


Half of Massachusetts’ bridge and highway projects are completed late—many of them, years late, a new report shows. In your experience, what is the chief cause of project delays?


What’s your biggest professional pet peeve?


In what areas of your work would you like to see more apps or online tools?


Two contractors are accused of raking in millions of dollars by running a bogus Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) company to gain federal contracts. What do you think of the DBE and Women/Minority BE programs?


What does Japan's nuclear crisis mean for the future of nuclear power in the US?


What should happen to public-sector unions?


What is the hardest issue you face in coating work?


What do you think of President Obama’s six-year, $556 billion infrastructure/transit proposal?


 
 
   

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