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Committee to hold hearing on construction stimulus effects

By Paul Snyder

The Joint Committee on Finance on Thursday will hold an informational hearing on the effects of the federal stimulus package on Wisconsin’s construction industry.

Pat Goss, executive director of the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association, and Bob Barker, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, are expected to provide testimony on how federal stimulus money and state budget work have affected the industry, particularly the private sector.

The meeting follows calls from some state lawmakers – including state Rep. Phil Montgomery, R-Green Bay, and a member of the Joint Committee on Finance – for public hearings on the effects of federal stimulus money.

Montgomery and others have called for more Legislative review after some reports said the stimulus spending reports the state submitted to the federal government in October contained inaccuracies.

State Rep. Louis Molepske Jr., D-Stevens Point, said in November that state officials are recalculating some of the numbers reported in October, and those recalculations likely will be finished in January.

But Montgomery has consistently called for more information on the effects of stimulus money, and said if the money is not helping or generating jobs, the state should work to fix the problem.

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