By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress raced to leave Washington for its Easter recess, a Republican senator blocked a stopgap bill to extend jobless benefits, saying its $9 billion cost should not be added to ...Read More »
By Paul Snyder A Wisconsin lawmaker is easing some of the requirements in his green building bill making its way through the state Capitol. But the changes may not go far enough to gain some municipal groups’ support. State Rep. ...
Tagged with: Assembly Committee on Jobs bill Green Globes League of Wisconsin Municipalities LEED Molepske Risser Senate Committee on Ethics Reform and Government Operations U.S. Green Building Council USGBC Wisconsin Department of Administration WitynskiRead More »
By Sean Ryan Two of the nation’s largest construction associations oppose a health care reform bill because, they argue, it threatens competition and would boost the cost of doing business. “All around, it’s an awful deal,” said Geoff Burr, vice ...Read More »
By Paul Snyder Builders, local officials and school board members are at odds over the value of a bill that would mandate green construction on public projects. But that mixed reaction is not affecting state Rep. Louis Molepske Jr., D-Stevens ...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is set to sign a jobs bill into law Thursday morning. The bill contains two major provisions. First, it exempts businesses hiring the unemployed from the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax through December. ...Read More »
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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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, ...Read More »
By Paul Snyder Political resistance and timing could spoil the construction industry’s chance to speak out on a bill that would repeal the state’s new prevailing wage law. “If we’re just looking at repealing all the work we did last ...
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By Sean Ryan A manufacturer and union predict more construction work from a state renewable energy bill, while business groups argue the measure would drive jobs out of Wisconsin. The bill would support energy-conservation projects by increasing the amount the ...Read More »
By Paul Snyder A bill that would repeal every change made to the state’s prevailing wage law in the 2009-11 budget has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development. The bill, authored by state Rep. Mary Williams, R-Medford, ...Read More »