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Maryland was the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors. Do you think this practice should become common law in all 50 states?


Several pipeline and oil and gas companies have gotten mixed results in their bids for exemption from the U.S. steel tariffs so far. In general, should these companies receive exemptions if the best quality steel for the job is from another country?


The Philadelphia City Council voted last month to implement a new 1 percent tax on construction projects, which would generate about $22 million annually to fund affordable housing. Do you think this is a good plan?


The Canadian government recently decided to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline to ensure that a planned expansion to the line happens. Was this a wise choice?


Elon Musk's Boring Company is seeking an exemption from a traditional environmental review for its tunneling project, but neighbors are suing to make sure a review takes place. Should L.A. require a full review?


New reports indicate that the Federal Emergency Management Agency may not reimburse California fully for repairs to the Oroville Dam. Should FEMA step in to help?


The U.S. military has expressed recently that it would like to block offshore drilling and wind projects in some U.S. waters where it operates. Should military exercises trump energy development at sea?


A major infrastructure plan is reportedly a priority for early 2018 in Washington, D.C. Do you think an infrastructure bill will jumpstart construction this year?


Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has faced controversy over the past year, as more and more gaps in the underwater line’s coating have been discovered. Should the 60-year-old liquids pipeline be retired?


California recently passed the “Buy Clean California Act,” requiring state contractors to use materials with low carbon impact. Are laws like this a positive step?


A federal appeals court recently sent a pipeline approval back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking FERC to consider the greenhouse-gas effects of the product the pipelines will move as part of its environmental impact. Will this ruling change the way pipelines are permitted in the U.S.?


The Department of Labor is currently seeking applications for its annual Susan Harwood Training Grants program, which funds worker-safety training conducted by nonprofits like employer associations and unions. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has discussed eliminating this program in the future. Should the Harwood Grants go?


Several states have passed or discussed “Buy American” rules for steel and other materials on public works projects recently, in addition to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order calling on pipeline companies to use U.S.-made materials. Are these laws a step in the right direction?


A global group focused on infrastructure recently reported that the world will need to step up its spending in the next 20 years in order to keep up with the demand for new infrastructure and fixes to what already exists. Will world governments and private investors heed this call?


In recent months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed or proposed changes to several rules that were promulgated under the Obama administration. Is this good or bad news?


In late May, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law HB 1279, a measure that makes it more difficult for homeowners' associations to file lawsuits against builders over construction defects. Do you think this measure was a good idea?


Extensive corrosion has plagued the century-old USS Texas battleship, which serves as a floating museum in LaPorte, Texas, and the state has sunk tens of millions of dollars into repairing it. Should the efforts to preserve the ship continue?


The Trump administration is looking to expand offshore drilling off of U.S. coastlines. Good idea or bad?


Federal lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that aims to bolster construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. Opponents argue the measure puts the government in the position of promoting one building material over the others. Do you support this measure?


Several lawmakers have introduced legislation to limit or repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, which ties wages on construction projects to a “prevailing wage” for the type of work being done and the area it’s being done in. Is this a good or bad idea?


President Trump recently called on executive departments to identify regulations that might serve well to be repealed or modified. Will the coming regulation reduction be positive for the industry on the whole?


The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed bans on chemicals found in consumer and commercial paint removal products. Good or bad move?


Construction spending patterns vary among public and private segments. Which segment do you think will show the most promise this year?


Shortly after the U.S. election, the American Institute of Architects issued, and then apologized for, a statement in which the organization said its members "stand ready to work with" President-elect Donald Trump on schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects. Was the apology warranted?


Will you be voting in the upcoming U.S. election?


How often should building codes be revised to stay abreast of any significant building or energy efficient practices?


FEMA has proposed new rules that require new construction that uses federal money, including roads and bridges, to build at higher elevations, to mitigate flood-related risks. Is this the best way to address potential flood dangers?


New Jersey recently called for a stop to any transportation infrastructure work that was deemed "nonessential," because the state's legislature couldn't agree on a funding mechanism. Is a summer roadwork shutdown a viable option for a government that's having trouble lining up money?


Should more states consider usage fees for motorists in order to help fund transportation infrastructure?


A Virginia architect was recently sentenced to 33 months in prison for bribing officials to obtain inside information about contracts at a Veterans Affairs’ hospital. Does the punishment fit the crime?


The House of Representatives recently passed a six-year transportation bill, but it includes funding for only the first three years. To “unlock” the last three years of spending authorization, Congress must come up with the money first. If the bill becomes law, where do you think new funding should come from?


What are the odds that Congress will come through with a three-year or longer transportation bill this year?


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?


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?


What would help your business most in 2015?


Several contractors have been busted for using MBE/DBE-certified firms as “pass-throughs” to gain government contracts. How common do you think this practice is?


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


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?


Who, in your experience, tends most often to be the weakest link in the project team?


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?


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?


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?


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


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


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


The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that it will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and civilian employees by Sept. 3. Good move or bad move?


The U.S. government looks likely to endorse LEED as the green building standard for all federal buildings for the next five years. Will this affect you?


The U.S. has removed limits on the value of contracts that may be set aside for women-owned small businesses. Is this a good move?


What should Congress do about undocumented workers in the U.S.?


Should Congress try again to close the background check loophole for gun owners?


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


What should Congress do about undocumented workers in the U.S.?


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 would tightening immigration laws affect the coatings and construction industries?


North Miami Beach has passed an ordinance that restricts the use of certain exterior paint colors by businesses. What’s your take on this?


With the new Congress seated and a second term for President Obama underway, what do you expect of jobs and the economy this year?


Will Congress and President Obama work out a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff?”


Did you vote in last week’s presidential election?


Election 2012: Who gets your vote for President on Nov. 6?


It’s finally decision time. So, who gets your vote for President on Nov. 6?


Forget Obama and Romney. Do you prefer Paul Ryan or Joe Biden for vice president?


Who will be the next President of the United States?


What coatings segment will benefit most from changes in government policy over the coming years?


More than a dozen Americans (including painters) have died in recent years from methylene chloride paint strippers. Now the European Union is cracking down on the products. What should the US do?


How should the U.S. Supreme Court rule on President Obama’s health-care overhaul plan (also known as “Obamacare”)?


From Bill Clinton’s pot smoking to Newt Gingrich’s marriages, candidates’ personal lives have always loomed large in presidential campaign. But should they?


When the dust settles, who will be this year’s Republican nominee for President?


What do you think of the Occupy Wall Street movement? (Please comment!)


What is the likelihood there will be some sort of government jobs bill before the end of the year?


Who would make the worst president for the coatings industry in 2012?


Who will suffer most politically next year from the public anger ignited by the debt battle and its economic fallout?


House Republicans want to slash transportation spending to the amount brought in by federal gas tax revenues and other existing highway fees. That’s about $215 billion over six years—half of what the Obama administration sought for the program last year. What do you think?


Congress has increased the national debt ceiling 74 times since 1962. Should it do so again?


The Republican race for President is heating up. Of the undeclared prospects, whom would you most like to see as a candidate?


What should the federal government do about environmental regulations in light of weakness in the economy, especially construction?


What’s ahead for Sarah Palin?


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?


Who do you hold most responsible for the current federal budget impasse?


Congress is considering slashing EPA’s and OSHA’s authority and/or funding. How will this affect the coatings industry?


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


What do you think of Sarah Palin as a presidential candidate in 2012?


Turmoil in the Middle East could jeopardize oil supplies. What would be the most significant effect in the U.S.?


How will the new divided U.S. government affect the recovery in housing and commercial construction in 2011-2012?


What should Congress do about the 2010 Health Care Bill?


What should the US do about gays in the military?


What should the US do about WikiLeaks owner Julian Assange for leaking hundreds of classified US documents?


The 10-year-old Bush tax cuts are about to expire. How should Washington handle them?


What will it take for the U.S. to address its infrastructure crisis?


What is your opinion of the effect that government gridlock will have if it develops from a divided Congress?


How do you think the nation’s new crop of elected officials will most affect the coatings industry?


 
 
   

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