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State measures penalties for contractor paperwork

By Darryl Enriquez Longtime roofing contractor Leo Kaltenbrun of Sheboygan is skeptical of proposed penalties as high as $2,000 for generals and subs that fail to register with the state before going on a work site. When Kaltenbrun, 90, founded ...

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Project delivery bill withers in Legislature

By Paul Snyder The state Building Commission probably will have the rest of the year to decide whether Wisconsin’s bidding process is as efficient as it could be. The state Legislature is unlikely to vote Thursday on a bill that ...

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Who’s driving that 40,000-pound piece of equipment?

By Paul Snyder A proposal to license heavy equipment operators is overkill for an industry already with plenty to lose if the wrong person is running a big machine, according to a 31-year construction veteran. “There are some operators that ...

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Crane bill raises ire: Operator licensing adds training, experience requirements to OSHA rules

By Paul Snyder Construction industry representatives Wednesday pounded on a state bill that would add to upcoming federal certification requirements for crane operators. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Parisi, D-Madison, would require a state license for crane operators ...

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Subs want bill to kill bid shopping spree

By Paul Snyder Subcontractors searching for state project deliveries perfectly free of bid shopping might have to settle for a good-enough compromise. “Is trying to stop any bid shopping after the general contractor’s bid better than what there is now? ...

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Time running short for contractor liability bill

By Paul Snyder Time is running out in this legislative session for a bill that would change Wisconsin’s contractor liability law. Subcontractors vow to keep pushing for passage, but the bill is trapped in a Senate committee and has a ...

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Green building bill worries project owners (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder A state lawmaker wants to require public buildings be constructed to green standards despite fears by project owners that the law would bust their project budgets. State Rep. Louis Molepske Jr., D-Stevens Point, has introduced a bill ...

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E-Verify draws an egad from industry (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder Contractors wonder why they should be forced to use a federal E-Verify system with documented flaws in spotting unauthorized workers. I-9 forms, contractor registrations, prevailing wage reports and other state documents are good enough, said Jerry King, ...

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Industry questions wage report prep work

By Paul Snyder Construction companies are disputing the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s claim it adequately prepared the industry for changes to the state’s prevailing wage law. The changes require contractors file monthly reports on prevailing-wage payments on public works ...

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