THE BEGINNING OF EVERY YEAR brings a range of challenging opportunities for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the industry we do our best to represent. A new occupant in the White
House coupled with changes to the makeup of Congress puts Republicans in control of the executive and legislative
branches of the federal government. I believe these changes offer a variety of opportunities for NECA to improve
the economic picture of electrical contractors for many years to come.
Earlier this year, NECA sent a letter to all 535 members of Congress detailing several of our priority issues for
the 115th Congress. In the letter, Marco Giamberardino, NECA’s executive director of government affairs, wrote that
• Authorize innovative composite plans to reform the multi-employer pension system. Congress should
allow for the use of a voluntary and flexible pension plan option that would provide a reliable retirement income
to employees while ensuring that sponsoring employers are not exposed to uncontrollable financial risks.
• Repeal the Cadillac tax. Any reforms to our healthcare system must include elimination of the Cadillac tax, and
the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance should not be capped in any way. Employers that
provide quality health insurance to their employees should not be penalized for doing the right thing.
• Invest in the nation’s infrastructure. A robust investment in our nation’s infrastructure is essential to keeping
ECs in business, their employees working, our nation rebuilding and our economy sound.
• Enact comprehensive tax reform. High tax rates and a complex tax code hamper our nation’s competitive
standing and hinder economic growth.
• Pass a comprehensive energy bill. Congress should take long-awaited final action on a comprehensive energy
policy bill that would promote development of all available energy resources, including upgrading and modernizing transmission lines, streamlining the approval process for pipeline infrastructure, incentivizing the use of
energy storage technologies, and investing in clean and renewable energy sources.
• Protect America’s workforce. NECA contractors invest in the nation’s most comprehensive training and
apprenticeship programs, compensate our skilled workforce accordingly, and provide quality healthcare and
I also want to highlight our upcoming National Legislative Conference, the premier opportunity for NECA mem-bers to hear about issues affecting the industry and meet the leaders who are working to provide real solutions.
Our conference is about policy, not partisanship. NECA ensures leading members of Congress from both sides of
the political aisle are on hand to brief participants on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill, and attendees will have
ample opportunity to meet with their senators and representatives to discuss the many different issues affecting
The conference is scheduled for Apr. 25–28 in Washington, D.C. Registration opens this month, and I encourage
you to attend if you’re a NECA member interested in effecting positive change for the electrical construction industry.
I look forward to seeing you in D.C.!
David A. Hardt, PRESIDENT, NECA
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