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Interview with the Honorable Thomas A. Golden Jr.

Q: Chairman Golden, you recently received ASM’s “Legislator of the Year” award for your dedication to the construction industry and attention to policy issues impacting our membership. Considering all of the other competing interests who come before you, what attracts you to our cause? A: I am honored to receive ASM’s Legislator of the Year award. Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts is a very well-respected and effective Association on Thomas A. Golden Jr. Beacon Hill and Massachusetts House I am proud to Representative partner with Chairman, House Committee on your 400-plus Telecommunications, members Utilities & Energy throughout the commonwealth and especially those located in my district of Lowell and Chelmsford. More than anything else, as a member of Speaker DeLeo’s leadership team, we appreciate that ASM’s members “do the work” of construction. We share your concerns, because what impacts ASM, impacts Massachusetts’ economy. In order for the work to be done efficiently and our economy to grow, wages, insurance, working conditions, fair contracting practices and many other issues ASM members confront must always remain front-of-mind. Q: ASM’s priority legislation is the bill you sponsored, House Bill 2369, “An Act relative to prohibit contract provisions requiring subcontractors to assume liability for negligence of others.” Why do you feel that this issue is important? A: House Bill 2369 clarifies in statute that a subcontractor’s obligation is limited to the extent of their own negligence, so no one can be held liable for the actions of oth

ers on a job site. Despite what some court decisions have held over the years – this idea is fair, it’s basic common sense, and it’s the right thing to do. To borrow a phrase … “If I break it, I pay for it. If you break it, you pay for it. If we both break it, we both pay for it.” Q: What can ASM do to be a better partner with you and the Legislature? A: In the past few years, very few groups have had the success that ASM has had on Beacon Hill. Most trade industry groups are happy just to delay or stop things from happening. ASM is more interested in leading change for the good of the entire construction industry. From Prompt Pay legislation to your landmark 5 percent Retainage victory, to reshaping an unemployment insurance bill that would have raised all of your rates by more than 30 percent, ASM has been a very positive and active force at the State House. I would highlight the importance of keeping your membership active with their individual legislators. Very few groups on the Hill have the type of business experience and geographic diversity of ASM’s members. It is very impactful on legislators when they hear the everyday, real life experiences of business people in their districts. It is something that sets ASM apart from others. Q: We are living in an era where business policy is significantly impacted by political rhetoric. How can ASM stay above the fray when engaging the Legislature and the public on controversial issues? A: ASM is known for its substantive expertise in the construction industry and that reputation must be maintained. I believe the association already took a step in the right direction when they brought Carrie Ciliberto on board. Carrie is an attorney with significant experience in the field who brings a new and welcomed voice to the debate.

That being said, I will miss Monica Lawton who was a fixture in the hallways of the State House for as long as I can remember. Monica’s retirement was well-deserved but I couldn’t help but worry that she would really be missed. Carrie and your lobbyists, The Suffolk Group, have teamed to make sure ASM hasn’t missed a beat. I look forward to working with Carrie, Bill, Steve and Jason to bring a substantive approach and help strike an appropriate balance on all issues, regardless of rhetoric or so-called controversy.  s Special thanks to Steven L. Goldblatt, Esq. and William F. Cass of The Suffolk Group for their assistance with this interview with Rep. Golden.

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Frank Smith Executive Vice President Eastern Insurance Construction Division 508 942 2221 fsmith@easterninsurance.com

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The Professional Contractor - Spring 2018  

In this issue, get to know ASM’s 2018 president; Cannistraro moves into bigger digs; and ways to save money with your ASM membership.

The Professional Contractor - Spring 2018  

In this issue, get to know ASM’s 2018 president; Cannistraro moves into bigger digs; and ways to save money with your ASM membership.