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Rob Hutton

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Jun 1, 2023

Wisconsin construction companies embrace youth apprenticeships to bridge skills gap

Construction companies have recently started embracing more young people and more youth apprenticeships, a state workforce development official said.

Nov 20, 2019

Bill to compel state to weigh pros, cons of proposed occupational licenses

A recently introduced bill in the Legislature would prevent lawmakers from adopting new occupational licenses without state officials first having weighed the proposed credentials' likely costs and benefits.

Sep 6, 2019

State lawmakers urge Trump to reinstate federal PLA ban

Two GOP state lawmakers this week sent a letter to the White House urging the Trump administration to undo Obama-era rules allowing governments to mandate union labor agreements on federally backed projects.

Apr 11, 2017

Lawmakers circulating prevailing-wage repeal

Just days after lawmakers took out of the state budget plans to repeal Wisconsin’s remaining prevailing-wage laws, two Republicans began circulating legislation that would do the same thing.

Apr 6, 2017

Prevailing-wage repeal down but not out (UPDATE)

Construction unions might think they caught a break last week with top Wisconsin lawmakers’ decision to take a proposal to repeal the state’s remaining prevailing-wage laws out of the state budget. But the reprieve is not likely to last long.

Feb 3, 2017

Mandatory, union-favoring PLAs must go

PLAs often limit competition by imposing undue regulations or circumstances that would put nonunion contractors at a disadvantage.

Jan 6, 2017

Private sector embraces PLAs. Why shouldn’t governments?

State Rep. Rob Hutton's attempt to ensure "the importance of providing a neutral and competitive playing field" by prohibiting the use of project-labor agreements on taxpayer-funded projects flies in the face of the realities of today’s construction industry, and is a direct affront to the wishes and desires of the American electorate during the recent election.

Dec 15, 2016

Lawmakers plan bills banning mandatory PLAs on public projects (UPDATE)

A pair of Republican lawmakers announced plans Thursday to introduce legislation that would ban the use of project-labor agreements on public projects.

Feb 22, 2016

ABC names Hutton “legislator of the year” for prevailing-wage work

A trades group for mostly nonunion companies has named state Rep. Rob Hutton as its “legislator of the year” for his attempts to repeal Wisconsin’s prevailing wage laws.

Dec 18, 2015

Bill would force state agencies to submit budget cuts (UPDATE)

State agencies would have to give the governor plans for cutting spending or maintaining it at current levels along with their biennial budget requests under a bill two Republican lawmakers are trying to push through the Legislature.

Mar 31, 2015

Lawmaker to hold press conference on prevailing-wage repeal

A state lawmaker has scheduled a press conference Wednesday morning to rally support for his proposal to repeal Wisconsin’s prevailing-wage laws.

Feb 13, 2015

Prevailing wage repeal gains steam

A state representative said Friday that he and 39 of his fellow state Assembly members had, by early Friday afternoon, put their names on a bill that would eliminate Wisconsin’s prevailing-wage law.


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