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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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WisDOT doc gives wrong impression

By Sean Ryan A Wisconsin Department of Transportation notice to contractors ranks the agency among the worst in the nation in starting construction for stimulus jobs. But the notice contradicts assessments by WisDOT’s peers and the department’s record for stimulus ...

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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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