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Bill introduced to repeal prevailing wage changes

By Paul Snyder

A bill that would repeal every change made to the state’s prevailing wage law in the 2009-11 budget has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development.

The bill, authored by state Rep. Mary Williams, R-Medford, would reinstate a threshold of $234,000 as the point at which prevailing wages must be paid on public projects. The threshold approved in the state budget is $25,000.

Her bill would eliminate monthly prevailing wage reporting requirements for contractors and the penalties for noncompliance.

It also would eliminate the requirement that contractors pay prevailing wages on private projects that use public money.

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