The ABCs of Executive Order 108
By Marie Rohde
Last week, industry representatives offered advice to Gov. Scott Walker on regulations that need to be ditched as he considers all that are enforced by the soon-to-be-abandoned Department of Commerce.
John Mielke, vice president of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, said overregulation isn’t limited to Commerce and sometimes even simple rules can get bogged down in bureaucracy.
“The first thing I’d like the governor to do is rescind Executive Order 108,” said Mielke.
So far, so good, says Mielke.
The order requires large companies that are awarded contracts with the Department of Administration or the Department of Transportation to have apprenticeship programs.
Implementation of the regulation was assigned to the Department of Workforce Development, Mielke noted.
“The Department of Workforce Development has developed a 50-page rule to implement a pretty simple order,” said Mielke. “It has taken on a life of its own. It’s become a multiheaded beast and I would urge the governor to kill it quickly.”
A spokesman for Walker did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.