By James Briggs A federal bill that’s gaining momentum could offer tax advantages to small and mid-sized contractors. The American Job Builders Tax Reform Act of 2011, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Wally Herger, R-Calif., and David McKinley, R-W. Va., would ...Read More »
Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin Inc. recently held its annual Graduation Banquet at the Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells. The class of 2011 boasts 255 graduates, representing 127 employers in 10 trades, including carpentry, concrete finisher, construction craft laborer, electrical, ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
By James Briggs A bill targeting the state’s prevailing wage law could begin circulating within weeks. The legislation not only would seek to roll back the most recent changes made under the previous Democratic-controlled Legislature, but also would soften the ...Read More »
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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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 ...Read More »
By James Briggs Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday released drafts of five bills meant to create jobs. The legislation won’t directly help contractors, but industry lobbyists said any pro-business legislation would be a productive first step. “There’s good stuff in ...Read More »
By Marie Rohde
Last week, industry representatives offered advice to Gov. Scott Walker on regulations that need to be ditched as he considers all that are enforced by the soon-to-be-abandoned Department of Commerce.Read More »
By Marie Rohde A Milwaukee law favoring city-based contractors is among the targets of state and national construction associations trying to ban local preference ordinances. “If the idea catches on and spreads, you’ll have islands where only a few contractors ...
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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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