The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have prevented contractors from inspecting fire and smoke dampeners unless they were first certified in response to misgivings that a legislative panel would most likely have struck the proposal down.Read More »
Report contends Davis-Bacon stymies competition, costs taxpayers; but authors acknowledge shortcomings
Three years since Wisconsin lawmakers repealed prevailing wage on state and local jobs in Wisconsin, critics of the policy are still debating if the state is better off without it.
Tagged with: Andrew Disch Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Davis-Bacon Act John Schulze North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters prevailing wages Wisconsin Institute for Law and LibertyRead More »
State officials are taking steps meant to ease an acute backlog in requested reviews of commercial-construction plans after delays were a common subject of complaint this past building season.
Tagged with: Andre Jacque Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin Chris Kapenga Dawn Crim John Schulze plan reviews Roger Roth Steve Klessig Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional ServicesRead More »
Recent legislation that prevents contractors from owing sales and use taxes on materials needed for nonprofit and UW projects has eliminated a long-standing point of frustration for many companies.Read More »
Nearly 20% of jobs in the United States are now some form of non-traditional worker-company relationship, like independent contractor. Independent contractor work is appealing for both the worker and the company. The contractor has the benefit of setting prices, work hours, type of work and completion schedule. It also has the freedom and flexibility to staff to meet their needs and reduce training time and costs.Read More »
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.
Tagged with: Andrew Disch Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Inc. Badger Care John Gard John Schulze North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters Wisconsin Infrastructure Investment Now worker misclassificationRead More »
The Assembly was expected on Thursday to approve a proposal that would allow payments for apprenticeship training to be deducted from income taxes.
Tagged with: apprenticeships Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 Jill Billings John Schulze Mechanical Contractors of Wisconsin Wisconsin Assembly Wisconsin Pipe Trades AssociationRead More »
Wisconsin's Senate District 10 special election was seen by many as a preview of things to come in the 2018 mid-term elections. It also appears to have served as a sort of proxy battle between union and non-union groups in the construction industry.
Tagged with: Adam Jarchow Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 John Schulze Patty Schachtner Steve Kwaterski Wisconsin Laborers District CouncilRead More »