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Jul 21, 2011

Milwaukee’s bid preference questioned

A Milwaukee lobbyist is accusing the city of violating the spirit of a new state law that bans local bid preferences.

Jul 20, 2011

Local preference alive in Milwaukee market

Milwaukee officials plan to continue enforcing local bid preferences on some contracts despite a new state law that bans the policy.

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 […]

Jul 6, 2011

Pipe dream? Milwaukee considers steps to insure future

By James Briggs Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is considering whether to grant market dominance to a private insurance company in exchange for a portion of profit. An agreement approved Wednesday […]

Jun 27, 2011

State budget threatens local contracting laws

By James Briggs The 2011-13 state budget has cast uncertainty over Milwaukee ordinances that subject some public works projects to prevailing wage and geographical bid preference requirements. The budget, signed […]

Jun 24, 2011

State budget targets Milwaukee prevailing wage, local preference laws

When Gov. Scott Walker signs the 2011-13 state budget into law Sunday in Green Bay, it may contain a repeal of Milwaukee’s law requiring prevailing wages on private projects that […]

Dec 30, 2010

Local preference law faces fresh challengers

By Marie Rohde A Milwaukee law favoring city-based contractors is among the targets of state and national construction associations trying to ban local preference ordinances. “If the idea catches on […]

Aug 13, 2010

Contractor defends winning local preference award

Jim Snorek says fellow contractors should be taking aim at the city of Milwaukee, not him, in their dispute over the ordinance that gives 5 percent bid preferences to city-based companies.

Aug 11, 2010

Milwaukee slams door on bid preference appeal

By Marie Rohde Milwaukee has rejected at least one contractor’s request to appeal a project award based on an ordinance that gives 5 percent bid preferences to city-based companies. D.C. […]

Aug 9, 2010

Wanna make some cash in Milwaukee? Hire movers

By Marie Rohde

staff writer

It would seem that MJ Construction’s owner, Michael Tomasini, made a very smart decision when he moved at least part of his Menomonee Falls business to a building on Kaul Ave. that he owns with his wife.

Aug 6, 2010

Contractor group vows to lobby Congress to ban bid preferences

By Marie Rohde The Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association will ask Congress to ban bid preferences by amending the Clean Water Act, the association’s top official says. Richard Wanta, WUCA’s executive […]

Jul 27, 2010

Contractor with city lease lands preference bid

By Caley Clinton One of the latest contractors to lose work due to Milwaukee’s local preference law is crying foul over the city’s growing list of bidder requirements. “We already […]


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