Governor Tony Evers unveiled his first state budget last Thursday. The Alliance’s policy committees and staff are examining the $83-billion state budget to identify issues significantly impacting our member businesses and outlined in the Alliance’s 2019 Policy Agenda. These include policy solutions that address the workforce shortage, foster strong business-education partnerships, help modernize our state’s critical infrastructure, drive economic development and promote government efficiencies.
Alliance staff joined a group of 30 business and chamber leaders from around the state for the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce D.C. Fly-In on Feb. 12 and 13. The focus of this year’s trip was on international issues, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), trade and tariffs, international aid and immigration. The two-day fly-in included [...]
Jeff Hoffman is a principal at Cushman & Wakefield | Boerke and a public member of the Legislative Study committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices. He is also on the Alliance's policy board, infrastructure committee and board of directors. This blog originally ran in BizTimes Milwaukee. Click here to read it on BizTimes.com. Milwaukee Biz Blog: [...]
The Alliance’s Infrastructure Policy Committee will meet with DOT Secretary Craig Thompson on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to discussion transportation funding and priorities. Two of the Alliance’s 2019 policy priorities include advocating for statewide, sustainable, long-term transportation funding solutions and advocating for completion of the I-94 East-West corridor between 16th Street and 70th Street.
The Alliance, in partnership with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, was proud to submit a letter of support for these loans for the City of Waukesha's project to switch to Lake Michigan water. Click here to read the letter. Press release from the City of Waukesha: The Environmental Protection Agency has announced low-cost federal [...]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Waukesha testing pipes and water quality in advance of switching to Lake Michigan supply
The City of Waukesha does not want to become like Flint, Michigan — known for lead poisoning caused by drinking tap water — after it switches to a new water supply.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Wisconsin receives extra $91 million in federal road aid as officials struggle with plan
Wisconsin is getting nearly $91 million in extra road money through a federal program — far more than it typically receives — at a time when highway funding has become a top issue in Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election bid.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is hosting a public involvement meeting to discuss the upcoming construction of the final phase of the West Waukesha Bypass project.
Milwaukee Business Journal – As tariffs drive up prices, Waukesha drops steel pipes for Lake Michigan water project
Dan Duchniak, who in about a year will bid contracts to buy 35 to 40 miles of pipe for Waukesha’s new Lake Michigan water supply, is seeing steel pipe suppliers hike their prices by more than 25 percent in response to federal tariffs. Click here to read how Duchniak is changing course to eliminate steel [...]
One of the Alliance’s Infrastructure policy intiatives is continuing to advance fiscally sound and efficient communities, provided in a seamless and cost-effective manner. Specifically, this includes supporting the continued advancement of municipal service consolidation. The Alliance is looking forward to reviewing the results of the Waukesha County Fire and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Feasibility Study and advocating solutions that continue to advance our communities.