Monthly Archives: November 2013

UPDATE: PA House Passes Transportation Bill

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Current Events in Construction on Nov 20, 2013.

We reported yesterday that the Pennsylvania House failed to pass Governor Corbett’s proposed transportation legislation. In what can only be described as a surprisingly quick turn of events, the House voted on largely the same bill on Tuesday evening and passed it. The vote was 104-95.

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Pennsylvania House Rejects Governor Corbett’s Transportation Bill

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Pending Legislation on Nov 19, 2013.

Governor Corbett’s full court press to pass his preferred transportation bill met with stern resistance and failed to pass last night in the Pennsylvania House. Although a top priority for the Republican governor, it is the Republican caucus in the House that has proven difficult for him to convince.

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New Mechanic’s Lien Law Decision In Pennsylvania

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Mechanic's Liens on Nov 12, 2013.

On October 16, 2013, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania issued a new opinion relating to mechanics’ liens. While seemingly academic on its face, the decision has practical ramifications for the ability of contractors to enforce a lien and ultimately get paid in certain circumstances.

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The Construction Labor Force Is Falling Short of Industry Demand

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Labor Law on Nov 4, 2013.

Since the height of the recession, the construction industry workforce has been reduced by approximately 30%. The Construction Labor Market Analyzers’ 20/20 Foresight Report now projects a shortage of nearly 2 million skilled craft workers by 2017. An aging workforce, a plummeting pipeline of new workers, and an ever rising demand for personnel are seen as the causes.

Your Cell Phone Is Helping Build Better Roads

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Technology on Nov 1, 2013.

Certain locales, including Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey, are using a new technology created by a Madison, Wisconsin company to measure travel times on roads. The technology picks up blue tooth signals from cell phones to measure the travel time between defined points on highways.

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