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Bill would award state contracts to Wisconsin businesses

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Wisconsin (WQOW) - A pair of Democratic state lawmakers, Rep. Tip McGuire (D-Somers) and Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) are proposing a bill aimed at ensuring state tax dollars are supporting Wisconsin businesses.

Right now, state offices are required to award contracts to the lowest bidder for things like stationery purchases.

The 'Buy American Act' would amend the state constitution to require those contracts go to state businesses that offer the lowest bid unless no Wisconsin-based companies enter the running.

The bill's authors say it will promote job creation here in the state. The legislation already has support from Wisconsin business groups.

The bill has yet to be scheduled for a committee vote.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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