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COVID-19 Impact to Transportation Funding, Take Action to Clarify PPP & Upcoming WebEds

Government Affairs Update

Governor's May Budget Revise Impact on Transportation Funding:
The governor unveiled his May Budget Revise for the state budget today, reflecting a significant decrease in state revenues as a result of COVID-19 pandemic response and stay-at-home orders. In today’s announcement, the governor estimated a $54 billion budget deficit, with a 22.3% decline in revenue since the January budget. While the governor outlined a number of mechanisms to close the gap in his press conference and budget summary, it appears that very little will change structurally for transportation funding. While funding, absent a federal stimulus, will be down, the passage and protection of SB1 will lessen the impacts. The state legislature will have a lot of work to do to meet the constitutional deadline of passing a budget by June 15 and enacted by the Governor on July 1. 

Click here for details on projected cuts to state and local transportation programs.

AGC Secures Clarity on PPP, but More Action Needed:
AGC secured new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) clarifications, providing additional guidance for construction firms assessing how to proceed with PPP loans. Most important, the Department of Treasury opted to provide a safe harbor provision for firms that self-certified their need for loans totaling less than $2 million.

Several questions remain, including the timing and conditions on loan repayments, as well as clarity on the Small Business Association criteria for assessing whether or not repayment will be required. AGC will continue to push Treasury officials and the SBA for further guidance. You can help by urging the Trump Administration and Congress to make the PPP work for the construction industry. 

Infrastructure Stimulus Still Stalled in Congress, House Introduces HEROES Act:
House Democrats released a legislative proposal on Tuesday, titled the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act). The bill would maintain and expand economic assistance to mitigate the impacts COVID-19. The $3 trillion HEROES Act does not include the stimulus infrastructure funding advocated for by AGC. It does, however, include several policy and funding priorities we have been advocating for including support for small businesses, state and local governments, and multi-employer pensions. The bill will likely move through the House but is expected to stall in the Senate. 

There is still time to call on Congress and President Trump to include immediate funding for state departments of transportation. Please help our efforts to protect the vital work you do. 

View the Latest City and County Ordinance Changes:
As counties secure permissions from the state to relax their orders, local businesses and operations will continue to change. Please use our county tracking document to keep you aware of any changes in real-time.

Training & Education Update

AGC of California’s Training & Education Department released its updated course calendar, including WebEds and Virtual Trainings, to support the industry during the COVID-19 response and beyond. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Autodesk Construction Cloud, the WebEd trainings listed below are available at no cost to members and non-members. 

Series 2: Innovation & Technology Trends During COVID-19
Strategies to Improve Virtual Collaboration Between General Contractors, Agencies and/or Owners
Thursday, May 21 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Click Here to Register

Learn more in this WebEd about resources and best practices available to help construction companies improve how they can collaborate virtually and succeed on important items such as inspections, permitting, reporting, bids, and submissions. 

Prefabrication for Emergency Building in Times of Crisis
Thursday, May 28 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Gather the tools and information you need during this WebEd to understand current trends in prefabrication and learn more about how this segment of the industry will influence pandemic-response in the future.

Member Resources

COVID-19 Safety Hotline:
AGC of California members are encouraged to use our COVID-19 Safety and Health Hotline! This tool connects you with a member of our Safety and Health Council who can answer questions you might have about jobsite or office health.

Visit AGC of California's COVID-19 Resource Webpage for additional information