Construction NewsBRIEFS! 10-31-2012
The state Department of Revenue Services has extended the deadline for state tax filings and payments due this week to the end of the business day on Nov. 7, 2012, due to the continuing impact of Storm Sandy. The agency also waived state commercial tax registration requirements for out-of-state fuel suppliers, storm contractors and others coming into Connecticut on an emergency basis.
The deadlines for employers to make unemployment insurance tax filings and payments and to file a personal property tax declaration or request an extension were extended to Nov. 15, 2012, by executive orders issued by the Governor due to emergency conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy.
A Red Tape Review and Removal Task Force was convened by the Governor to streamline and consolidate unnecessarily burdensome state regulations and mandates, including those affecting school construction, according to an OPM report to the Governor, “Changing How Connecticut State Government Does Business”.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made “significant progress” in implementing the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the program, with the net result of improved safety in commercial motor carrier operations, agency administrator Anne Ferro said in testimony recently before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. One component of the CSA model is a revision to the Safety Fitness Determination methodology specified under current regulation. Ferro said the proposed new methodology, which would be designed to replace the current labor-intensive process in which the agency may propose and issue a safety rating only following an onsite compliance review investigation, will be published for notice and public comment in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking early next year.