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Jul 11, 2011

Milwaukee’s bid preference law ends

By James Briggs The Milwaukee attorney’s office Monday reported the state budget bill had rendered unenforceable a two-year-old local bid preference ordinance. The budget, which passed in June, includes language […]

Mar 11, 2011

Walker kills apprenticeship order

By James Briggs Gov. Scott Walker‘s rollback of an apprenticeship requirement for certain state projects removed an unnecessary burden from companies struggling to put people to work, according to several […]

Feb 21, 2011

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 […]

Jan 4, 2011

Jobs drive Walker’s first proposals

By James Briggs Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday released drafts of five bills meant to create jobs. The legislation won’t directly help contractors, but industry lobbyists said any pro-business legislation […]

Dec 28, 2010

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. […]

Dec 10, 2010

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 […]

Nov 19, 2010

Wisconsin contractors miss cut for courthouse bid

By James Briggs A prominent Wisconsin construction company wants to know why it was deemed unqualified to perform restoration work on the Kenosha County Courthouse. J.P. Cullen & Sons Inc., […]

Nov 2, 2010

Contractors leery of changes to apprentice rule

By James Briggs Changes coming to the administration of a 5-year-old executive order from Gov. Jim Doyle could cause problems for contractors as early as next month. Executive Order 108, […]

Oct 12, 2010

Construction money lifts Republicans

By James Briggs The construction industry will have financed much of the takeover if Republicans gain power in the Wisconsin Legislature and governor’s office in January. Special interest groups with […]

Jun 21, 2010

Assembly candidate calls for ironworkers licensing

By Paul Snyder An ironworker running for state Assembly wants to revive a licensing bill for his trade even if industry reps consider the proposal little more than a power […]

Jun 8, 2010

Industry seeks journeymen, apprentice balance

By Paul Snyder Contractors working on state projects should have a choice between hiring apprentices and journeymen, according to construction groups asking the state to ease its employment rules. “We […]

May 5, 2010

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 […]


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