In advance of last month’s 7 joint hearing by the state of New Jersey and Borough of Edgewater, N.J., to consider rebuilding the burned-down Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex with the same lightweight wood-frame construction method in it original specs, Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, released a poll that found registered Garden State voters are very supportive of the state making changes to construction codes in the wake of the fire. In fact, ninety-five percent of respondents concur with such measures.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Growing Burden of EPA Unfunded Mandates on the States” report examines the current challenge state governments face as they work to comply with and implement myriad new federal environmental regulations. States administer 96.5 percent of all Washington, D.C.-delegated environmental programs, while federal grants to states only fund 28 percent of the amount needed to run them, the report finds.
In their “Growing Burden” report, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President, Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs William Kovacs; Executive Director, Federal Regulatory Process Review & Analysis Joseph Johnson; and Senior Policy Counsel and Managing Director Keith Holman weigh an issue central to Environmental Protection Agency mandates, How did Congress intend the Federal-State relationship to work?:
The Associated Builders & Contractors and Associated General Contractors of America have been among the most vocal “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” critics since President Obama added it to his expansive executive order roster in June 2014. Response to the Labor Department and Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council announcement of a final rule implementing the order show neither group changing its tune.