Arizona, Louisiana and Virginia earned high-performing grades in Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) new “Merit Shop Scorecard” for creating an environment where merit shop contractors are well positioned to succeed. The scorecard—a valuable resource for contractors, construction owners, the media and lawmakers—reviews and grades state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial construction industry, including project labor agreement (PLA), prevailing wage and Right to Work policies. It also rates job growth rate, commitment to developing a well-trained workforce, level of flexibility in career and technical education curricula, and use of public-private partnerships.

Conversely, New Mexico, Alaska and New York received poor overall rankings by earning a D or F grade for their policies on PLAs, prevailing wage and Right to Work legislation. The scorecard, available at meritshopscorecard.org, will be updated monthly with exclusive state construction unemployment rate estimates as well as state-specific research and information that was not graded.