Gov. Scott Walker says he would sign prevailing wage repeal if it passes

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Wisconsin State Capitol

MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign a prevailing wage repeal bill if it passes the Legislature.

Laurel Patrick in a statement Wednesday said Walker has discussed the repeal with lawmakers and has considered supporting it in the state budget. Walker has previously said prevailing wage wasn’t a priority.

The proposal would repeal a law that requires construction workers on certain government projects be paid wages equivalent to what they would earn working on other projects in the area.

Republican leaders in both the Senate and Assembly have said they don’t have the votes to repeal it, and they instead are working on making changes to the law.

The Assembly Labor Committee held a hearing Wednesday on a bill to repeal prevailing wage, drawing opposition from the construction industry.

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  • CYNIC

    “The proposal would repeal a law that requires construction workers on certain government projects be paid wages equivalent to what they would earn working on other projects in the area.”

    Way to go Fox, slanted as usual. The law requires that construction workers on government contracts get paid the average of the highest wages in the area regardless of any other competitive bids. Great if you’re a construction worker, crappy if you’re the taxpayer on the hook paying 30% more for the same work that a non-union shop bid for. So a new $10,000,000 school will now cost tax payers $13,000,000 because the unions have this stupid law on their side. Oh and don’t forget they’ll probably strike 2 or 3 times before finishing the project behind schedule and over budget.

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