Wisconsin Builders Association Hosts 2019 Advocacy Day


WBA Members Gathered to Hear Updates from State Leaders and Lobby on Pro-Housing Agenda

Madison, WI (March 6, 2019) –

Over 50 members of the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) gathered at the Best Western Park Hotel in Madison on Tuesday to hear from state leaders, network with others in the industry, and meet with legislators at the State Capitol.

 Wisconsin Housing Chairs, Representative John Jagler and Senator Devin LeMahieu, served on a panel to discuss several topics pertinent to the housing industry, including their reaction to Governor Tony Evers’ budget that was introduced last week and legislation both have agreed to author to streamline the online building permit process.

“We have been able to make great strides in improving the building permit process with cooperation from the legislature and the Department of Safety and Professional Services,” said WBA Executive Director Brad Boycks. “We look forward to advocating for additional streamlining capabilities that would continue to provide beneficial services for home builders, and ultimately, the Wisconsin economy.”

Other speakers at the event included Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary-designee Peter Barca who addressed the group about his transition from longtime legislator to Secretary of one of the state’s largest agencies, along with priorities of the Evers administration. Professor Charles Franklin of the Marquette Law School Poll also addressed the group and discussed updates from their latest poll released in January, along with a recap of data surrounding the November 2018 election. The day culminated with attendees meeting with their respective members in the legislature.

 “We have appreciated the ability to enact many pieces of legislation beneficial to the housing industry during Governor Walker’s eight years and look forward to working together with Governor Evers’ administration and the legislature to continue to advance a pro-housing agenda,” said WBA President Harvey Kessel.

About the Wisconsin Builders Association

The Wisconsin Builders Association is a professional trade association comprised of 21 local associations dedicated to helping members build communities around the state. We advocate the interests of 4,000 home building industry members to keep housing affordable and accessible for Wisconsin families, Protecting the American Dream for over 70 years.


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