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Nate Beck is The Daily Reporter's construction staff writer. He can be reached at (414) 225-1814 (office) or 414-388-5635 (mobile).

LOBBY TALLY: Industry spends less trying to influence lawmakers during latest budget session

Even as lawmakers inked a wide-ranging transportation plan and briefly considered prevailing wages and other divisive policies earlier this year, they found themselves being lobbied far less than in previous years by construction-industry groups.

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WHAT’S IN, WHAT’S OUT: Evers cuts Kaukauna bridge, tolling study from budget; keeps design-build

Gov. Tony Evers, surrounded by Democratic lawmakers and members of his Cabinet, speaks about his proposed state budget on June 20 at the state Capitol. Evers’ administration is recommending new groundwater-quality standards for 27 substances found to be a threat to public health, including compounds known as PFAS. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)

In signing his first biennial budget on Wednesday, Gov. Tony Evers tossed out a number of GOP-sponsored infrastructure provisions, including a bridge project in the district of a key Republican lawmaker and rules that would make it easier for gravel quarries to operate in Wisconsin.

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With Minnesota’s tough ‘wage theft’ law in effect, Wisconsin looks to crack down on similar abuses

Members of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters gathered in Minneapolis on April 15 to protest "wage theft" on construction projects.  (Submitted photo: North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters)

As Wisconsin revisits rules to crack down on worker misclassification, a new law that took effect in Minnesota on Monday is attaching criminal penalties not only to that particular abuse but also other forms of wage theft — making it one of the strictest such laws in the country.

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