Milwaukee and two chambers of commerce are asking for another week to settle their dispute over 2012 changes to the city’s minority contracting practices.
Margaret Daun, assistant city attorney for Milwaukee, said the parties are asking for another extension that will push the deadline for a settlement to May 20. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman has granted multiple extensions since the original March 1 deadline.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin sued the city last year over the changes.
Before Jan. 1, 2012, the city set aside 25 percent of its construction contracts for any minority-owned businesses to bid on. Based on a disparity study, the city now reserves 7.31 percent of that set-aside for woman-owned, 5.57 percent for black-owned and 0.07 percent for Asian-owned businesses. Any minority-owned business can compete for the remaining 12.05 percent.
The chambers have argued the restrictions hurt their members’ businesses.
– Beth Kevit