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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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Builders and contractors name Alan Hays, Jack Latvala, and Keith Perry as Legislators of the Year

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Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, the state’s largest construction industry trade association, honored three Republicans as its 2015 Legislators of the Year. On Friday, ABC recognized state Sens. Alan Hays from Umatilla and Jack Latvala from Clearwater and state Rep. Keith Perry from Gainesville for their sponsorship and passage of Senate Bill 778 – known as the Local Government Construction Preferences Bill. SB 778 preempts local construction preference ordinances if 50 percent or more of state funds are used to…

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