The state Assembly was moving Tuesday toward passing legislation that would impose residency requirements on bidders from a neighboring state if that state itself had its own residency requirements.
A contractor from northeastern Wisconsin came out in favor Tuesday of legislation that would impose residency requirements on bidders from a neighboring state if that state has residency requirements of its own.
Though not fans of protectionism, various Wisconsin officials say they are prepared to fight fire with fire when other states attach residency requirements and similar strings to public construction projects.
Less than an hour before a state committee passed a bill that would greatly weaken local minimum-wage ordinances, an aide to a top lawmaker said the proposal stands little chance of making it through the Senate.
Legislation put forward by Republican lawmakers Tuesday would abolish a Milwaukee County ordinance requiring that a certain percentage of contractors hired for local public projects live in the county.
Milwaukee County’s attempt to improve compliance with its construction project residency requirement has raised concerns that too much tinkering could kill the policy.
Hearings are set for January in the lawsuit filed by police and fire unions against the city of Milwaukee over residency requirements for city employees.
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