Construction NewsBRIEFS! 2-2-2012
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s ‘Lead By Example’ program is designed to reduce energy use in state and local government buildings and operations, helping to achieve the goal of making Connecticut the most energy efficient state in the nation, and reduce energy use in state buildings by 10% by 2013 and an additional 10% by 2018, consistent with the goals set by Public Act 11-80. The program includes bond funding for physical retrofits (the State Bond Commission has approved a lump sum of $15 million to implement energy-saving retrofits at state buildings); improvements to building operations (DEEP anticipates installing energy monitoring software and analysis capabilities on 100 state buildings with the highest energy costs); energy benchmarking of state buildings; and a Standardized Energy Savings Performance Contracting Process.
A description and legislative history of the petroleum products gross earnings tax is summarized in a report from the Office of Legislative Research.
The National League of Cities, as part of its 2012 legislative agenda, will advocate for Congress and the Administration to authorize a new federal surface transportation program that recognizes the central role of transportation to metropolitan and regional economies and includes a strong local voice in decision making.
Enforcement inspections and safety consultation visits were effective in reducing compensable workers' compensation claims rates and lowering employer costs in the year following the visit, according to a study of Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health.