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Author Archives: James Briggs, james.briggs@wislawjournal.com

Milwaukee’s bid preference questioned

A Milwaukee lobbyist is accusing the city of violating the spirit of a new state law that bans local bid preferences. Richard Wanta, executive director of the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, said the Legislature clearly meant to ban local preferences ...

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Milwaukee’s bid preference law ends

The Milwaukee attorney’s office Monday reported the state budget bill had rendered unenforceable a two-year-old local bid preference ordinance. The budget, which passed in June, includes language mandating that “except when necessary to secure federal aid, a political subdivision may ...

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Senate bill targets eminent domain

State Sen. Fred Risser might have more firsthand knowledge of eminent domain than any other member of the Wisconsin Legislature. Dane County in 2002 forced the Madison Democrat to sell his law office, at South Hamilton and West Wilson streets, ...

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