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Jul 13, 2022

Dump truck owners meeting with lawmakers in plea to save industry

After 25 years in the dump-truck industry, Ron Lingford decided to sell his six trucks in January and get out for good.

May 18, 2022

Proposed changes to Davis-Bacon Act spark debate amid infrastructure spending

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.

Mar 18, 2022

Federal officials looking at overhauling Davis-Bacon for first time in 40 years

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.

Oct 7, 2021

Michigan Gov. restores prevailing wages on state 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Michigan will pay higher "prevailing" wages on state construction projects, three years after Republican legislators repealed a long-standing law that required better pay.

Oct 2, 2020

Report: Prevailing-wage repeal hurts workers, paves way for out-of-state firms

Ever since Wisconsin repealed its prevailing-wage laws, blue collar workers have steadily been making less, construction CEOs raking in much more and taxpayers saving next-to-nothing on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.

Jun 18, 2020

OPINION: Before pumping money into infrastructure, repeal costly Davis-Bacon Act

Federal infrastructure investments can play a key role in establishing jobs and promoting a fuller economic recovery in the aftermath of our nation’s COVID-19 response — if we get the details right.

May 29, 2020

Report contends Davis-Bacon stymies competition, costs taxpayers; but authors acknowledge shortcomings

Three years since Wisconsin lawmakers repealed prevailing wage on state and local jobs in Wisconsin, critics of the policy are still debating if the state is better off without it.

Jul 19, 2019

OPINION: A mainstream perspective on prevailing wage

Recently a spokesperson for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce told the Wisconsin State Journal, “We don’t want to make it too comfortable to remain unemployed.”

May 30, 2019

Minnesota Legislature punts on bonding, transportation

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.

May 15, 2019

Michigan lawmaker charged with seeking a bribe to not repeal prevailing wages

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.

May 3, 2019

OPINION: Prevailing-wage repeal, not as benign as some would have you believe

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.

Mar 1, 2019

Evers wants to increase gas taxes, reinstate prevailing wages

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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