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Builders and contractors group gets behind Justin Bean’s City Council bid

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Considering that he’s one of the very few registered Republicans running in the St. Petersburg District 6 race, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Justin Bean has received an endorsement from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (ABC). ABC has a successful record of backing many Republicans in local races over the years.

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Associated Builders and Contractors endorse Rick Baker for St. Pete Mayor

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The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is supporting Rick Baker for St. Petersburg Mayor. “Rick Baker understands that administrative red tape hurts small business. He will fix it,” said Jason Spears, Peninsular Mechanical, in a statement Thursday. Established in 1979, the Spears family owns Peninsular Mechanical, a 35-person small business that handles design-build air conditioning projects. “I’m honored to have the support of the Associated Builders and Contractors Gulf Coast Chapter,” said Baker, candidate for Mayor. “I look forward to…

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Rick Scott, Titus O’Neil to join area students at construction job fair

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Gov. Rick Scott and WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil will be the top-billed guests at the second annual Build Tampa Bay Tradeshow and Job Fair at the Port of Tampa Thursday. In addition to Scott and O’Neil, organizers expect other state leaders and 900 students from across the Tampa Bay region to come to the event promoting careers in the area’s construction industry. The job fair is scheduled to go from 9 am to 1 pm at the port’s cruise terminal.…

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Associated Builders and Contractors announce seven-figure ad buy in Florida, 5 other states

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One national organization is building up Marco Rubio in Florida. Associated Builders and Contractors announced this week it made a seven-figure ad buy in Florida and five other states. The issue-based ad buy is meant to highlight candidates’ positions on key issues for the construction trade organization. The organization is expected to air the spot on radio and as part of a statewide digital ad campaign. The national organization endorsed Rubio in June, saying Rubio has “shown the commitment to…

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Associated Builders and Contractors endorses David Jolly in CD 13

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The builders are backing David Jolly. Associated Builders and Contractors — a national construction industry trade organization —  announced Friday they were endorsing the Indian Shores Republican in his re-election bid. The group represents about 21,000 chapter members, and has one of the strongest network of commercial and individual contractors in Florida. “David has been a tireless fighter for open competition and free enterprise throughout the construction industry,” said Steve Cona III, president & CEO of ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter,…

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Vern Buchanan’s small biz tax cut bill gets some love from Grover Norquist

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Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, who once infamously said he’s like cut government down to the size “where we can drown it in the bathtub,” is publicly endorsing a small business tax cut proposal offered by Sarasota area Republican Representative Vern Buchanan. The bill, dubbed the Main Street Fairness Act, would establish that businesses that file taxes as passthrough income, such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs and S corporations, will never pay a higher rate than a corporation.  Under current law, corporations…

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Florida ranked No. 8 state for contractors

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Florida is the eighth best state for contractors to do business according to a ranking released Wednesday by Associated Builders and Contractors. The Merit Shop Scorecard grades states on project labor agreements, wage mandates, job growth rates, the use of public-private partnerships and whether or not they have “right to work” laws on the books, among other metrics. Florida outperformed national averages in all categories, including scoring an “A” grade in wages, right to work status and the use of public-private partnerships. “ABC applauds…

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