TUCSON UTILITY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION  "Building OUR Community"

 


 

 

TUCA is a Professional Trade Organization representing the hard working people who build our community,
their families and the issues that enhance our quality of life in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.



Events

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:00 AM • TUCA Office 1842 West Grant Road, Suite 103
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:00 AM • Granite Construction
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:00 AM • TUCA Office 1842 West Grant Road Suite 103
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:00 AM • TUCA Office 1842 West Grant Road, Suite 103
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:00 AM • Granite Construction
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 7:00 AM • TUCA Office 1842 West Grant Road Suite 103
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:00 AM • TUCA Office 1842 West Grant Road, Suite 103
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 7:00 AM • Granite Construction

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How Transportation Plays a Role in Courting Tesla

As some of you already know, the company Tesla Motors has expressed interest in opening a ten million square foot plant to build lithium-ion batteries for their electric car, here in Tucson.  This could bring 6,500 new jobs to the City and become the second largest private employer behind Raytheon.  The City has made a formal proposal, which ensure tax incentives, which at this point cannot be shared.  The City of Tucson states that included with tax breaks, having the interstate and the Union Pacific in very close proximately of a possible plant site could be the reason Tesla decides Tucson over other locations.  See the video below for more details.  More importantly, this is another example of how transportation links closely with economic development growth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko2dl5VJLYc


TUCA Safety Committee a Big Hit

Thanks to all who have attended the past few meetings as we now have a revitalized Committee again and sharing many ideas to keep employees safe.  This past week we had a great speaker, Bill Hill, from CEMEX to talk about the importance of planning for concrete deliveries.  Their currently is no industry wide safety standard for these types of deliveries making it even more important to share with contractors what should take place before a concrete truck comes to the job site.   Often times safety of these trucks become reactive and does not account for the size, weight, or allow time for the crews to prepare.  TUCA encourages you toread this site for more information about being more prepared for concrete deliveries.  Our next meeting will be on May 8 at 7 AM at the TUCA office and we will be discussing gloves in the work place.

Federal Update

The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) held a press conference Thursday morning to announce that they have reached an “agreement in principle on a transportation bill.”  They hope to move to the floor this summer if Senate leaders and the Finance Committee can find an additional $16 billion per year (or thereabouts) to be deposited in the Highway Trust Fund above current tax levels.  The picture below shows the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) recent WIDI (with discretionary inflation) baseline for Highway Trust Fund programs.  At U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s press conference, Chairperson Boxer said that the bill her committee hopes to mark up will be the 2014 funding levels and inflation for as many years as the Finance Committee can find money to support the Trust Fund.  The CBO WIDI baseline levels are the inflation levels that Boxer used last time in the MAP-21 law, so it is a safe bet that the same baseline will be used this time.  Therefore, the numbers on the picture below can be considered the likely totals for funding in the bill the Senate will consider (whatever the duration).


State Legislator Update

The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) held a press conference Thursday morning to announce that they have reached an “agreement in principle on a transportation bill.”  They hope to move to the floor this summer if Senate leaders and the Finance Committee can find an additional $16 billion per year (or thereabouts) to be deposited in the Highway Trust Fund above current tax levels.  The picture below shows the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) recent WIDI (with discretionary inflation) baseline for Highway Trust Fund programs.  At U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s press conference, Chairperson Boxer said that the bill her committee hopes to mark up will be the 2014 funding levels and inflation for as many years as the Finance Committee can find money to support the Trust Fund.  The CBO WIDI baseline levels are the inflation levels that Boxer used last time in the MAP-21 law, so it is a safe bet that the same baseline will be used this time.  Therefore, the numbers on the picture below can be considered the likely totals for funding in the bill the Senate will consider (whatever the duration).

Another budget bill, HB2708, repealed the transfer of monies in excess of $60 million from the Underground Storage Tank assurance account to the State Highway Fund (SHF).  Historically, one-cent of the state gas tax has been allocated to underground storage tank cleanup but as that program is phasing down, the Legislature redirected this gas tax revenue back to the SHF.  That is now being repealed which will be a potential $30 million annual reduction to the SHF.  A delayed January effective date will mitigate half of that impact this year.  This will not change the level of transportation funding being restored to counties and municipalities.  However, it is another hit to the state system, which when combined with the DPS transfer, will now only break even or potentially even have more funding diverted away than last year. Stay tuned for more updates as things are changing regularly.


Update from the Arizona Corporation Commission

The Commission has launched a new service.  Now, anyone can sign up to receive the Commission’s Agendas and press releases.  One simply has to click on “Sign up for Notices and Press Releases” to provide an email address.  Every time an agenda or press release is issued, subscribers will simultaneously receive it in their email in-box.  Prior to the launch of this feature, people had to roam the website looking for posted agendas and press releases.  Over the years, Staff had to cultivate a list of email addresses of people who had requested these notices; and they would email them as a courtesy to an ever-growing list of functioning and non-functioning email addresses.  This is another step toward making the Commission more accessible to the public.Click here to see the page.

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