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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Road to nowhere: Legislature fails, again, to come up with funding stream

Date Posted: June 20 2014

LANSING – Michigan’s construction industry came close to getting an infusion of up to $1.7 billion in money to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. But what’s the old...

Top 400 list finds modest gains for U.S. contractors

Date Posted: June 20 2014

“Despite market gains, firms remain cautious,” reads the headline on theEngineering News Record’s annual ranking of the top 400 contractors in the U.S. The list ranks construction contractors by their revenue...

Appeals court rebukes ABC, upholds Lansing's prevailing wage law

Date Posted: June 6 2014

LANSING – A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling on May 28 upheld a 22-year-old prevailing wage ordinance in the City of Lansing that has ramifications in municipalities across Michigan. “We...

Construction starts to pick up some steam

Date Posted: June 6 2014

U.S. construction through the first four months of the year came in at $158 billion, a level “slightly ahead of last year’s pace,” according to McGraw Hill Construction. “With construction...

Minimum wage, maximum politics: $9.20 per-hour wage coming to Michigan

Date Posted: June 6 2014

LANSING – Michigan’s minimum wage will rise from $7.40 per hour to $9.20 by 2017, in bipartisan, compromise legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 27. The statewide minimum...

Minimum wage petition drive now a wasted effort - or is it?

Date Posted: June 6 2014

LANSING – While workers in Michigan enjoyed some rare good news with the passage of a higher statewide minimum wage, the legislative process revealed a bare-knuckled GOP political move that...

News Briefs

Date Posted: June 6 2014

New Soo Lockproposal takes hit Hopes for the construction of a backup lock for the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie took on some water last month, when it was...

Road to recovery? Michigan goes from zero to $1.7 billion in proposed construction

Date Posted: June 6 2014

LANSING – Half a billion… $1.3 billion… do we hear $1.7 billion? So far, we have only heard talk, but it sounds as if the Michigan Legislature is finally starting...

The Gangbox: Assorted News and Notes

Date Posted: June 6 2014

Architects optimistic. One of the early indicators for the health of the nation’s construction industry is the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), which has reverted into negative territory for the last two...

Trades set stage for revamped Binda Theatre at Kellogg CC

Date Posted: June 6 2014

BATTLE CREEK – Established in 1956, Kellogg Community College has a mature campus and like any other upper education facility, a need to stay competitive with other schools. That’s why...

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