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Milwaukee’s bid preference law ends

By James Briggs The Milwaukee attorney’s office Monday reported the state budget bill had rendered unenforceable a two-year-old local bid preference ordinance. The budget, which passed in June, includes language mandating that “except when necessary to secure federal aid, a ...

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Walker kills apprenticeship order

By James Briggs Gov. Scott Walker‘s rollback of an apprenticeship requirement for certain state projects removed an unnecessary burden from companies struggling to put people to work, according to several construction representatives. Walker has rescinded Executive Order 108, a directive ...

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Budget battle stalls prevailing wage change

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 ...

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Industry reacts to Walker’s call for Commerce Department shake up (UPDATE)

By Marie Rohde Construction industry leaders want Gov.-elect Scott Walker to trim the regulatory fat from the state Department of Commerce while remaking the agency into a partly private board. “This is the perfect time to look at all of ...

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Dissolving state’s Department of Commerce would affect industry

By James Briggs Gov.-elect Scott Walker has reiterated his administration‘s plan to dissolve the state Department of Commerce and replace its economic development functions with a public-private board. If Walker follows through, the move would be consistent with statements he ...

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Wisconsin contractors miss cut for courthouse bid

By James Briggs A prominent Wisconsin construction company wants to know why it was deemed unqualified to perform restoration work on the Kenosha County Courthouse. J.P. Cullen & Sons Inc., Janesville, was among four Wisconsin contractors that failed to make ...

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Contractors leery of changes to apprentice rule

By James Briggs Changes coming to the administration of a 5-year-old executive order from Gov. Jim Doyle could cause problems for contractors as early as next month. Executive Order 108, which took effect in January 2006, requires contractors to use ...

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Construction money lifts Republicans

By James Briggs The construction industry will have financed much of the takeover if Republicans gain power in the Wisconsin Legislature and governor’s office in January. Special interest groups with ties to construction have contributed more than $70,000 — only ...

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Assembly candidate calls for ironworkers licensing

By Paul Snyder An ironworker running for state Assembly wants to revive a licensing bill for his trade even if industry reps consider the proposal little more than a power grab. “We can’t afford to have buildings falling down in ...

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