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Prevailing wage bill up for grabs

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 ...

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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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Commerce Department starts shifting divisions

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 ...

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Local preference law faces fresh challengers

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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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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Will Republicans’ victories be a win for the construction industry?

By James Briggs In the wake of Tuesday’s midterm election, the 2011 state legislative agenda has become a little clearer — and in many cases, more promising than the past two years — for construction lobbyists. Republicans gained majorities in ...

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