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Jun 3, 2019

Lobbying group argues state should give edge to Wisconsin contractors

A lobbying group is considering pushing for changes that would give Wisconsin contractors an edge over out-of-state companies — a policy it says might be needed in response to a recent increase in the number of out-of-state contractors that are winning local projects.

Apr 4, 2019

Group looks to protect taxpayers from misclassification abuses

A construction lobbying group is pushing for changes to state law that would give Wisconsin companies a bidding advantage on state projects and require companies that misclassify workers to tack the cost of taxpayer-funded health insurance and other benefits onto public bids.

Apr 1, 2019

On the ballot: Voters to weigh in on more than $1B in school projects Tuesday

Wisconsin voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to consider more than $1 billion worth of school referendum spending in another lucrative election that follows on a surge in public school construction last year.

Mar 21, 2019

Republicans reject Evers’ spending on state, UW buildings (UPDATE)

Republicans on the Wisconsin Building Commission rejected Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan for $2.5 billion worth of construction projects across the state, an unprecedented decision Wednesday that shows the difficulties entailed in divided government and moves the fight over capital building projects to the Legislature.

Feb 22, 2019

With $1B on the ballot, April elections signal another big year for school construction

Wisconsin's recent surge in school construction is showing no signs of slowing down, with voters throughout the state being asked to consider more than $1 billion in school-construction referendums this April.

Jan 22, 2019

Transportation officials looking past State of the State to first Evers’ budget (UPDATE)

New Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is preparing to deliver his first State of the State speech to the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Nov 5, 2018

Voters could set school referendum record with $1.4B on ballot Tuesday

Wisconsin voters will have a chance on Tuesday to set a record for school referendum spending in 2018, with $1.4 billion worth of requests on the ballot.

Oct 9, 2018

With record referendum spending possible in 2018, regulatory fight brewing

With a prominent Wisconsin lawmaker irked that a record could be set for approvals of school projects this year, a lobbying group has emerged to block legislation that could upend the state's school-referendum system.

Sep 27, 2018

Culotta always finds answer to question: What to do next?

Jason Culotta’s career, both in and out of politics, has alternated between intense stretches of nonstop work and quiet moments when he really didn’t know what to do next.

Dec 10, 2015

Anxieties persist that state projects pipeline could be drying up

As Gov. Scott Walker pledged would happen, plans to build an addition to a prominent UW-Madison dairy building are moving forward despite lawmakers’ recent sparring over the state’s level of construction debt.

Jul 31, 2015

Will the construction industry take vengeance on GOP in 2016?

Pardon the use of the broad brush, but I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say construction workers — at least in some parts of the state — are regularly in Republicans’ corner come election time.

Apr 27, 2015

Prevailing wage reform prevails over repeal in other states

As is happening in Wisconsin, pushes to repeal prevailing-wage laws in other states have eventually softened this year into campaigns for reform.


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