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Builders wary of automatic code updates

By Paul Snyder A wary construction industry is watching closely as legislators consider automatically updating state building codes to match those set by the federal government. “The fear is what we would have to adopt,” said Brad Boycks, director of ...

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Tax proposal blindsides industry

Paul Snyder [email protected] Builder groups are lashing out at a late addition to the state budget that would establish new rules for independent contractors and set stiff penalties for worker misclassification. “If your intention is to talk about worker misclassification, ...

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Lawmaker challenges contractor registration

A state lawmaker, claiming the Department of Commerce has too loose a definition of the word “emergency,” is trying to overturn the agency’s contractor registration rule. “(DOC) went the emergency rule route so they can get it enacted quickly,” said ...

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State closes in on penalties for cheating contractors

Paul Snyder [email protected] A state task force is cooking up what could be stiff penalties for contractors that misclassify workers for the state. By improperly classifying workers as independent, a contractor can pay them under the table and skirt payments ...

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