After 25 years in the dump-truck industry, Ron Lingford decided to sell his six trucks in January and get out for good.
Non-union contractors are lining up in opposition to proposed changes to federal prevailing-wage laws that they argue will make public projects more expensive at a time when the U.S. is looking to rebuild much of its infrastructure.
The U.S. Labor Department is considering revising federal Davis-Bacon rules, possibly resulting in the first overhaul in decades of the formula used to set prevailing wages on federal projects.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that Michigan will pay higher "prevailing" wages on state construction projects, three years after Republican legislators repealed a long-standing law that required better pay.
Ever since Wisconsin repealed its prevailing-wage laws, blue collar workers have steadily been making less, construction CEOs raking in much more and taxpayers saving next-to-nothing on public-construction work.
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Three years since Wisconsin lawmakers repealed prevailing wage on state and local jobs in Wisconsin, critics of the policy are still debating if the state is better off without it.
Recently a spokesperson for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce told the Wisconsin State Journal, “We don’t want to make it too comfortable to remain unemployed.”
Minnesota transportation advocates and supporters of an off-year bonding bill are in wait-until-next-year mode after walking away from their state's 2019 legislative session empty-handed.
A Michigan lawmaker has been charged with seeking a bribe from a labor union in exchange for a vote to not overturn his state's prevailing-wage laws.
Prevailing-wage laws require that construction workers on public construction projects be paid the wages and benefits offered on similar jobs performed by local Wisconsin workers.
Gas taxes would increase but the cost to fill up could actually drop, Wisconsin's right-to-work law would be repealed and its former prevailing-wage requirements reinstated and income taxes would be cut for the middle class, all under Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' first budget.
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