In part one of this two-part article, a Naples contractor lawyer discussed how President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget proposal will likely affect the construction industry with regards to infrastructure spending. Below, we will discuss what the budget proposal means for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, a hotly contested topic that resulted in the partial government shutdown that ended earlier this year. For a legal partner that is always up-to-date on the news and laws that affect the construction industry, partner with a Naples contractor attorney from Cotney Construction Law.
The Border Wall
It would be impossible to discuss the president’s budget proposal without mentioning the border wall. The budget proposal allocates $8.6 billion to the border wall for new and replacement components. However, this has not translated to new construction. In fact, since President Trump has taken office, no new sections of border wall have been built. The president has attempted to allocate emergency military funds to the construction of the border wall, but his efforts have been met with consistent resistance. While the Supreme Court recently ruled that Trump can use $2.5 billion on the border wall, this is a fraction of the tens of billions of dollars it would cost to build and maintain the border wall. It doesn’t appear like 2020 will be the year that the construction industry is put to work on the border wall.
A Reliable Source of Legal Advice
As we’ve seen throughout this series, there are a lot of unknowns with regards to the proposed budget and what 2020 has in store for the construction industry. All being well, the construction industry will receive the funding it needs to better communities and combat the current infrastructure crisis.
Regardless of the proposed budget for 2020, construction companies will continue to have difficulties resolving payment disputes, complying with labor laws, drafting contracts, and pursuing litigation. For an unwavering legal partner that can assist your company with these issues and more, partner with the team of Naples construction lawyers from Cotney Construction Law.
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