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Local preference law faces fresh challengers (access required)

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 and spreads, you’ll have islands where only a few contractors ...

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MMSD operates under expired permit (UPDATE) (access required)

By Marie Rohde For nearly three years, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has operated under an expired permit while quietly debating new water quality standards that federal and state regulators want to impose. Under the law, the district operates without ...

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County Materials expands reach in concrete industry (access required)

By Marie Rohde The pending sale of American Concrete Pipe to County Materials Corp. is forcing underground contractors to assess the industry’s power structure. “There’s still a lot of competition,” said Dennis Siegle, executive director of the Wisconsin Concrete Pipe ...

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Sewerage district funnels $20 million to ease flooding (UPDATE) (access required)

By Marie Rohde Property owners wanting a flood of relief from sewage backups during heavy rains will see a dribble instead. They also could get a bigger tax bill and may be forced to spend thousands of dollars to fix ...

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Milwaukee slams door on bid preference appeal (access required)

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. Burbach Inc., Waukesha, protested Aug. 6 after losing a bid ...

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Contractor group vows to lobby Congress to ban bid preferences (access required)

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 director, said the Milwaukee city ordinance has cost taxpayers an ...

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Contractors look to Congress to ban bid preferences

By Sean Ryan A proposed federal ban on bid preferences for local companies could also prevent Milwaukee from forcing contractors to hire local residents on sewer projects. Wisconsin contractors’ concern over Milwaukee’s 5 percent local bid preference spurred the Clean ...

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Milwaukee targets contractor for city site

By Sean Ryan An attempt to use a city property to lure a construction company to Milwaukee must overcome the business trends that push contractors away. A Milwaukee Department of Public Works proposal would free up a 2-acre lot at ...

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