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Wisconsin Senate partially repeals prevailing wage

Wisconsin Senate partially repeals prevailing wage

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday began debate of the $73 billion state budget by voting to repeal a prevailing wage law for local government projects, a move Democrats called an affront to the middle class. The fight over prevailing wage — a law that sets a minimum salary for construction workers on public projects — was the opening salvo in budget debate that was expected to go past midnight. The Assembly, also controlled by Republicans, was to debate the budget Wednesday and pass it on to Gov. Scott Walker. The Senate also unanimously voted to repeal late additions to the budget to dramatically scale back the state open records law, changes added...