A Sustainable Workforce Starts With You

Government Actions

When the private sector does not address a major issue, the public sector will often step into the vacuum and do it. The construction industry has been slow to embrace the principles of social responsibility and sustainable value, focusing instead on whatever it takes to be lowest bidder. As a consequence of this, government is adopting policies that reshape the rules for the industry.

An incredible amount of candor will be required to address the question of how to deal with an estimated $1.5 billion worth of maintenance that so far has been deferred on state-...
March 17, 2015
Hundreds marched through downtown Austin in Febuary to honor the men and women who have died in the Texas construction industry. The event was organized by Workers Defense Project...
March 16, 2015
State funding for college campus construction projects has been described by many around Texas as “long overdue.”  Leaders in the Texas legislature have agreed on the...
February 27, 2015
The Chairman of the Board of the Associated General Contractors Austin Chapter, John Cyrier, will be sworn in soon as a State Representative in the Texas House. That’s after...
February 21, 2015
One major roadblock to creating a sustainable workforce in the Texas construction industry is rampant wage theft by unethical businesses in our state. Many of them are...
February 11, 2015
I love the construction industry and I speak from experience when telling you it has to be saved from itself. Since 1938, our family business has helped build the monuments of...
February 04, 2015
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced that he was going to propose a plan to Congress which would make “the first two years of community college free for everybody...
January 28, 2015
A report from a bipartisan panel of Texas lawmakers says companies that pretend their employees are independent subcontractors are undermining free markets and encouraging illegal...
January 23, 2015
A key political leader in Texas is set to propose a plan to build on sweeping education reforms passed in the state two years ago. House Speaker Joe Straus this week announced he...
January 06, 2015