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Opposition to ironworkers bill grows

By Paul Snyder Authors of a bill that would require licensure of ironworkers in Wisconsin are working on amendments to quell growing opposition in the construction industry. Critics argue the bill is a thinly veiled jurisdiction grab and say passage ...

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AGC: 2010 promises to be tough year for industry

By Melissa Rigney Baxter Special to The Daily Reporter This year will be a grim one, according to those who work in the construction industry. “There are a lot of things lining up against 2010 being overall a good year,” ...

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Industry split over stimulus success

By Paul Snyder Contractors disagree over what federal stimulus money will mean to the industry in 2010. “Most contractors are feeling the pain right now,” said Bob Barker, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin Inc. “Some ...

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Joint Committee on Finance hears construction stimulus reports

By Paul Snyder The Joint Committee on Finance Thursday got its first report from the construction industry on the effects of stimulus money in 2009. Bob Barker, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin; Pat Goss, executive ...

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Builders wary of automatic code updates

By Paul Snyder A wary construction industry is watching closely as legislators consider automatically updating state building codes to match those set by the federal government. “The fear is what we would have to adopt,” said Brad Boycks, director of ...

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Bill would boost Building Commission membership

By Paul Snyder A bill that would increase the number of state Building Commission members is facing criticism that more representation further frays the group’s commitment to checking politics at the door. “Historically, the Building Commission has stayed out of ...

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Building groups back DNR ties to governor (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder The debate over state Department of Natural Resources leadership appointments boils down to one issue for construction industry associations: Whoever controls project permitting must be accountable to the governor. “The problem is there’s a lot of gray ...

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Lawmaker pressures Commerce for business plan

Paul Snyder [email protected] A Wisconsin lawmaker wants accountability from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, which, so far, is reluctant to share specific strategies for attracting and retaining businesses. “We are almost always in competitive situations,” said Zach Brandon, Commerce’s senior ...

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State unemployment stalls immigration bill

Paul Snyder [email protected] The rising tide of unemployment in Wisconsin is drowning out the voices of those who support a bill setting tough penalties for companies that hire illegal immigrants. State Rep. Marlin Schneider, D-Wisconsin Rapids, and author of the ...

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