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Veni, Vidi, Veto: Wisconsin 2019-21 State Budget Highlights

9/24/2019 1:29 PM

John Schulze thumbnail imageGov. Tony Evers introduced a state budget that included significant public construction investment and the rollback of labor reforms. His first state budget proposal included many of his campaign promises, some of which were construction-related initiatives ... 

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Revisiting predictions made about prevailing wage repeal

4/12/2019 2:16 PM
John Mielke photoThere’s an old quote that says, “the historian is a prophet looking backwards.” Legislation is oftentimes subject to predictions. While I’m not a historian, I like to examine the impacts of legislation, especially when it pertains to our industry. 

One such measure I’m watching is repeal of prevailing wage and the impact it is having on our industry. As you may know, Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin advocated strongly for repeal of this arcane and archaic system for many years ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s most read blog posts of 2018

1/9/2019 3:31 PM
Posts on the Wisconsin Contractor Blog were read more than 48,500 times in 2018, according to a review of website statistics by ABC of Wisconsin. Throughout the year, ABC of Wisconsin uses the blog to present feature stories, analysis, advice and general information of interest to the construction industry.. Here’s a recap of our 10 most popular blogs in 2018. Read the rest of entry »

Budget priority sessions offer opportunity for ABC members

12/10/2018 9:21 AM
Wisconsin SealABC members may want to use the Governor-elect's budget priority sessions this month to share issues important to them, specifically, how 1:1 apprenticeship ratios, the elimination of prevailing wage and PLA neutrality have expanded training and/or opened up more work to more contractors in the state ...   Read the rest of entry »

ABC of WI goes 4-4 in last week's primaries

8/21/2018 8:18 AM
Last week Tuesday’s primary elections included some surprises (including two long-time incumbent Milwaukee-area state representatives losing). ABC of Wisconsin and its members were pleasantly surprised when all four of its primary preferences prevailed and will be on the ballot in November. All four of these pro-merit, pro-free enterprise candidates need your help to be elected in November. Read the rest of entry »

What two legislative wins for apprenticeship means for Wisconsin contractors

5/22/2018 2:56 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin scored two decisive legislative victories this spring, as Gov. Scott Walker signed two bills into law that will help address the skilled labor gap. The ABC-backed measures reduce the state’s journeymen-to-apprentice ratios to 1-to-1 for all construction trades and allows qualified high school students to enter into adult apprenticeship programs during their senior year. Read the rest of entry »

Contractor dispute resolution with WisDOT

4/24/2018 9:29 AM
There have been three significant changes to Wisconsin public contracting law over the past couple of years: the state prevailing wage is gone, all units of Wisconsin government are banned from requiring project labor agreements, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation aims to compile federal dollars and the accompanying red tape into fewer projects ...  Read the rest of entry »

Apprenticeship ratio bills prompt spread of misinformation

9/27/2017 2:36 PM
Every legislative session, thousands of ideas are introduced, and Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin's government affairs team does its level best to keep an eye on all of them. Some, like the recently passed Foxconn incentives, gets significant attention ...
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Legitimate report or fake news?

6/22/2017 1:19 PM
This week, the Wisconsin news media was quick to inform us about a prevailing wage report released by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) that claims taxpayers will not save a dime, but instead pay millions of dollars ($336 million annually) in additional taxes if lawmakers repeal prevailing wage ... 
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Construction industry praises president for eliminating paperwork burden rule

4/4/2017 3:40 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended President Trump for signing a resolution into law eliminating the Obama administration’s controversial “Volks rule” (formally known as Clarification of an Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness final rule). Congress passed the resolution through the Congressional Review Act (CRA)...
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