The potential merger of the state’s main licensing agency and consumer protection department could fulfill remodeling contractor Abe Degnan’s wish to no longer serve two masters.
A proposal that would prevent contractors from paying sales taxes on materials they buy for tax-exempt projects will become part of the state’s 2013-2015 budget bill if a state lawmaker has a way.
Published: April 18, 2013
Tags: AGC, Jeff Beiriger, Jeff Gaecke, Jim Boullion, Mechanical Contractors Association, Mortenson Construction, multiple-prime contracting, project delivery, single-prime contracting, Specialty Contractors of Wisconsin
The Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin has withdrawn its opposition to the system of single-prime project delivery contained in Gov. Scott Walker’s 2013-15 proposed budget.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has no way to know for sure how much it will cost the state to let contractors sidestep sales taxes when buying building materials for tax-exempt projects.
The fine print proves state government is not stealing millions of dollars from nonprofit organizations.
The state would be out about $6 million a year if it let contractors buy building materials for cities, schools and certain nonprofit organizations tax free.
Lawmakers are trying again to pass a bill that would strengthen the tax exemption for construction materials used in city, school and nonprofit group projects.
Published: February 21, 2013
Tags: AGC, Building Commission, construction manager at risk, Gordon Hintz, Jeff Beiriger, Jim Boullion, multiple prime, project delivery, single prime, Specialty Contractors of Wisconsin
Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed project-delivery reform would give general contractors near total responsibility for a state project’s outcome while preventing them from choosing their subcontractors.
Published: February 20, 2013
Tags: ABC, AGC, Carmen Fosick, Elmstar Electric, Jeff Beiriger, Jim Boullion, John Mielke, multiple prime, project delivery, Scott Walker, single prime, Specialty Contractors of Wisconsin
Carmen Fosick says her electrical company often is among the multiple contractors that now contract directly with the state on its construction projects.
A construction trade group is urging Gov. Scott Walker not to pursue project-delivery reform through the state budget without first soliciting opinions from the industry.