A proposed Milwaukee ordinance would include race and gender among the city’s goals for hiring contractors.
Published: July 21, 2011
Tags: Ashanti Hamilton, bid preference, Grant Langley, Jim Bohl, Kathryn Block, local preference, Richard Wanta, Robin Vos, Scott Maly, Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association
A Milwaukee lobbyist is accusing the city of violating the spirit of a new state law that bans local bid preferences.
Milwaukee officials plan to continue enforcing local bid preferences on some contracts despite a new state law that bans the policy.
Published: June 27, 2011
Tags: Ashanti Hamilton, budget, Dick Wanta, Fabishak, local preference, MORE Ordinance, prevailing wage, Scott Walker, Tom Miller, Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, WUCA
By James Briggs The 2011-13 state budget has cast uncertainty over Milwaukee ordinances that subject some public works projects to prevailing wage and geographical bid preference requirements. The budget, signed into law Sunday by Gov. Scott Walker, includes language that “prohibits local governments from administering current ordinances with prevailing wage provisions” and also mandates that [...]
When Gov. Scott Walker signs the 2011-13 state budget into law Sunday in Green Bay, it may contain a repeal of Milwaukee’s law requiring prevailing wages on private projects that get financial support from the city. Milwaukee officials on Friday asked Walker to veto a portion of the budget that eliminates the prevailing wage law, [...]
By Marie Rohde Notably absent from last week‘s special meeting on the future of the Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Commission was Alderman Robert Bauman, the commission’s most outspoken member. The alderman said he is considering whether he should continue to serve on the commission. “There’s no sense in staying if the commission ceases to perform its [...]
By Marie Rohde
Everybody wants to be paid promptly. For some subcontractors, especially smaller businesses, it can be a life or death issue.
Published: January 18, 2011
Tags: African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milwaukee, AGC, American Subcontractors Association of Wisconsin, Ashanti Hamilton, Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee, Beiriger, Curtiss Harris, DBE, disadvantaged business enterprises, Fabishak, minority contractor, Witkowiak
By Marie Rohde Milwaukee can take its first step toward race and gender equity on projects simply by requiring prime contractors pay subcontractors more quickly, according to an alderman backing the payment change. “This is one of the easiest things we can do,” said Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, whose proposal goes before the Common Council on [...]
Published: January 10, 2011
Tags: American Indian Chamber of Commerce, Ashanti Hamilton, Craig Anderson, D. Wilson Consulting Group, DBE, Marvin Pratt, minority contracts, Ossie Kendrix, preference, Rhonda Kelsey, Wanta, Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, WUCA
By Marie Rohde Milwaukee is cautiously building toward a law that would direct more public contract money toward women- and minority-owned companies. The caution stems from a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established lawmakers must prove past or present discrimination before creating a race-based program. Furthermore, according to the ruling, those programs must be [...]
Published: November 22, 2010
Tags: Ashanti Hamilton, Ballentine, Department of City Development, DWD, Franciscan Sisters, Marcoux, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Grounds, Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, Scott Walker, St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Michael Hospital, Villard Avenue, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Southeast Wisconsin Inc.
By Marie Rohde Faced with damaged property and no potential buyers, the nonprofit owner of the vacant St. Michael Hospital on Milwaukee’s north side has decided to tear down the structure. Bids to raze the hospital will be let in December, according to Anne Ballentine, a spokeswoman for the owner, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Southeast Wisconsin [...]