Multiemployer Pension Plans: Composite Plan Designs
Congress should act quickly to provide employers and employees participating in collectively bargained, multiemployer benefit plans more choices in retirement plan models. QCA is supporting Composite Plan design, a hybrid model, to bridge the gap between the existing options of traditional defined benefit plans and the defined contribution model. Composite Plan model would enable multiemployer pension plans to voluntarily adopt more flexible plan structures that would reduce risks for contributing employers but still provide reliable, lifetime income for secure retirement for workers.
National Infrastructure Investment
QCA advocates for increasing investment in the Nation’s infrastructure to levels necessary to ensure that our public buildings, water systems, airports, transit and surface transportation network meets the demands of the 21st Century. Congress should also enact policies to allow state departments of transportation, local governments, public transportation providers, and airports to leverage public resources through enhanced innovative financing mechanisms, such as H.R. 413, to attract additional private investments for infrastructure projects.
QCA supports passage of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization (H.R. 4441 / S. 2658) with increased funds for airport infrastructure facilities as well as H.R. 413, The Partnership to Build America Act.
misclassification of workers - Payroll fraud
Congress should reform Section 530 of the 1978 Revenue Act, which is overly permissive in providing a safe harbor for misclassification of workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The QCA supports H.R. 5008 which would address misclassification only in the construction industry. Without interfering with the use of legitimate independent contractors or increasing penalties, the bill would give Treasury more authority under Section 530 to increase efforts to identify and reduce misclassification, to address tax evasion and increase tax compliance. Misclassification is rampant in the construction industry and costs the government and taxpayers, at all levels, substantial uncollected revenues.
The power efficiency and resiliency (POWER) act (S. 1516/H.R. 2657)
The Quality Construction Alliance (QCA) supports The POWER Act. - S. 1516 was introduced by Senators Collins (R-ME) and Casey (D-PA) and H.R. 2657 was introduced by Representatives Reed (R-NY) and Blumenauer (D-OR). This legislation will spur investment in combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP) systems by amending Section 48 of the Internal Revenue Code by providing parity for CHP/WHP similar to other renewable energy sources within the investment tax credit (ITC). Our coalition expects it to be considered as part of tax and energy efficiency incentives package later this year.
Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012)
North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 8)
The Quality Construction Alliance (QCA) supports Congress passing comprehensive energy legislation reflecting a House – Senate compromise of two differing energy packages. S. 2012 is sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R – AK) and Maria Cantwell (D – WA), chair and ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and H. R. 8, its House companion bill, sponsored by Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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Davis-Bacon/Prevailing Wage Laws
Congress should not repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, in whole or in part to protect local workers and local economies. QCA opposes the “Davis-Bacon Repeal Act” (H.R. 987 and S. 1785), and the “Adjusting Davis-Bacon for Inflation Act” (H.R. 3472), as we support prevailing wage provisions in innovative financing, and believes that Congress needs to actively work to increase funding for infrastructure improvements. Our infrastructure will continue to deteriorate until Congress begins to fund these projects.
The improvement of America’s infrastructure demands the highest quality and safest work product. To ensure this high quality construction, job-site safety, and to encourage apprenticeship and training, Davis-Bacon prevailing wages should be applied to these projects.