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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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Contractor warns county of the price of preference

By Sean Ryan A contractor is warning Milwaukee County that paperwork, oversight and program management are unavoidable costs of a local hiring preference for projects. “It might not cost bids, but it will cost taxpayers,” said Larry Rocole, vice president ...

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Milwaukee County inches toward bidding preference

By Sean Ryan Milwaukee County soon could give a bidding advantage to the contractor that hires the most county residents for a project. The goal of the county resolution, sponsored by Johnny Thomas and Theo Lipscomb, is to eventually offer ...

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Milwaukee sticks with MJ, rejects local preference appeal (UPDATE)

By Sean Ryan MJ Construction Inc. owner Michael Tomasini on Wednesday won a third sewer contract under Milwaukee’s local preference law but spent the morning defending his bids. “This is the cheapest we have ever bid,” said Tomasini, whose company ...

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Contractors rekindle local preference fight (UPDATE)

By Sean Ryan Milwaukee has invoked its local bidder preference on three sewer project awards, and contractors have challenged every contract. Builders filing the latest challenge argue the local preference law hurts Milwaukee residents looking for work because, in the ...

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Contractors avoid market risks

By Sean Ryan Shellshocked Wisconsin road builders are avoiding equipment purchases and work force expansions even with the promise of a packed bidding schedule in early 2010. It’s a mistake, said Kevin McMullen, president of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavers Association, ...

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State’s 5 percent preference for minority builders could help others

By Sean Ryan sean.ryan@dailyreporter.com Steve Ristow was the low bidder on a state project and lost the job because Wisconsin offers a preference for minority-owned companies. Ristow said he expects that defeat to pay off for him. The bid preference ...

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