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OPINION: Davis-Bacon essential to protecting middle-class prosperity

Jake Castanza is executive director of the Wisconsin Building Trades Council

With a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on the horizon in Washington, D.C., many people expect the Trump administration, Congress and the Senate to work diligently to ensure the prosperity of American workers. Unfortunately, some Wisconsin politicians like State Sen. Andre Jacque are seeking to attack and diminish the best economic policy for preserving the wealth of construction workers.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Spending on infrastructure best way to get Americans back to work

Dan Bukiewicz

Our country currently has the highest number of unemployed Americans since the Great Depression. While many of the 33 million workers who have filed for unemployment since the coronavirus crisis began expect to be rehired, many jobs will not come back.

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ON THE LEVEL: Henken helps guide decisions on ‘seemingly insurmountable’ backlog of infrastructure projects

Rob Henken

When Rob Henken and his fellow researchers at the Wisconsin Policy Forum set out a few years ago to study Milwaukee city and county’s backlog of need infrastructure repairs and replacements, they knew they were likely to come up with a long to-do list. What they discovered still came as a bit of a shock.

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Infrastructure bill faced with many potholes in months ahead

Traffic crosses the old Gerald Desmond Bridge in July while a replacement bridge is under construction in Long Beach, California. President Donald Trump said this week that he's eager to work with Congress on a plan to rebuild America’s crumbling roads and bridges, but offered no specifics during his State of the Union speech on what kind of deal he would back. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

President Donald Trump pronounced himself eager to work with Congress on a plan to rebuild America's crumbling roads and bridges, but offered no specifics during his State of the Union speech on what kind of deal he would back. The question now is whether lawmakers and the president are finally ready to move beyond complaining about the nation's infrastructure and actually do something about it.

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