When it comes to campaign finance reform, liberals largely are wrong and conservatives only offer a partial and shaky response.
Published: January 25, 2012
Tags: ABC, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Derrick Cos., Gene Jacobson, Geoff Vine, Gregory Reesman, Keller, PDC Electrical Contractors, Reesman’s Excavating & Grading, Steve Klessig, Stevens Construction, Tom Derrick
The Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Inc. on Wednesday announced its 2012 officers.
Published: November 22, 2011
Tags: ABC, Andre Jacque, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, bill, Curtis Witynski, Harlan Clinkenbeard, John Mielke, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, sales tax
A Green Bay-area legislator has revived a proposal that would let contractors bypass the state sales tax when buying materials for public projects.
Published: November 15, 2011
Tags: ABC, AGC, AGC of Wisconsin, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, concealed-carry, David Bohl, David Stegeman, LaLonde Contractors, Michels Corp., Mike LaLonde, Steve Stone
Wisconsin’s concealed-carry law is forcing contractors to weigh perceived safety against potential lawsuits.
Published: November 11, 2011
Tags: ABC, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Building Commission, CMAR, construction manager at risk, Dean Kaufert, Division of State Facilities, John Mielke, multiple prime, project delivery, single prime, University of Wisconsin System, UW System, Van Wanggaard
As a state senator prepares to unveil legislation that dramatically could change how Wisconsin delivers its construction projects, the Building Commission’s vice chairman is calling on a state agency to quickly follow suit.
Published: September 20, 2011
Tags: ABC, AGC, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, Badger Performance Center, Building Commission, Camp Randall Stadium, CMAR, construction manager at risk, Jim Boullion, Memorial Union, Memorial Union theater, multiple prime, project delivery, single prime, Steve Arndt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, Van Wanggaard
Fear of losing contract transparency is driving skepticism over a bill that would give the state more freedom to choose how it awards and delivers projects.
Published: August 19, 2011
Tags: ABC, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Dan Roarty, Dimension IV, Douglas Doefer, Glenn Grothman, John Mielke, Keller Inc., League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Municipal Services Center, Steve Dunks, Steve Klessig, Suamico, Witynski
By Adam Wise A missing fire wall between a public assembly area and vehicle repair garage is forcing the village of Suamico to fork out $5,600 about seven months after the completion of a $5.6 million Municipal Services Center. The village’s fire code requires a fire wall on projects such as the center, but the [...]
Published: May 26, 2011
Tags: ABC, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Fred Clark, John Mielke, John Rhineman, Mary Williams, prevailing wage, Rick Stadelman, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Towns Association
By James Briggs Rep. Mary Williams, R-Medford, has handed over to Assembly leadership a bill that would exempt most government construction projects from Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law. Questions remain, though, over how soon the bill could pass and what form it eventually will take. The prevailing wage law requires contractors prove they are paying competitive [...]
Published: February 21, 2011
Tags: ABC, AGC, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Associated General Contractors, Boullion, collective bargaining, Greer, Mielke, Miron Construction, Nation Consulting, prevailing wage, Scott Walker, Traas, unions, Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association, WTBA
By James Briggs As large-scale protesting runs into a second week, the state Capitol remains consumed with Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. That means other issues — some of them time-sensitive — are stuck on the back burner. “There’s no doubt this has consumed all the oxygen in the room,” said John Mielke, vice [...]
Published: February 3, 2011
Tags: ABC, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Bob DuPont, Commerce Department, Cullen Werwie, Department of Commerce, John Mielke, Paul Jadin, Robert Jauch, Scott Walker
By James Briggs Plans are under way to move the regulatory divisions of the state Department of Commerce to a new home, even though the transition lacks final approval from the Legislature and governor. The Legislature has passed Gov. Scott Walker’s bill that would dissolve Commerce into a public-private board. Once Walker signs the bill, [...]