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AGENCY RULES TAX STATE COFFERS, UNDERMINE FUNDAMENTAL RELATIONSHIPS

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EPA mandate report: States shoulder brunt of environmental regulatory costs

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.

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Agencies set October target for federal contractor ‘blacklisting’ rule

To ensure federal contractors better comply with laws that protect their workers’ safety, wages and civil rights, the U.S. Department of Labor and Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council have issued final regulations and guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, a contentious measure top construction officials dub the “blacklisting rule.” Phased implementation begins this month and continues through October 2017.

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CONTRACTORS: RULE HARMS COMPETITION, SMALL BUSINESS

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Resilient Building Standard ups home values, study finds

Past, present and future property loss mitigation was examined at a White House Forum on Smart Finance for Disaster Resilience (note page 10) panel discussion, whose participants included the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

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