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Bill to repeal state prevailing wage draws strong reactions

Republican state lawmakers say eliminating prevailing wage requirements for workers on public projects would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, while Democrats and unions say it would send skilled workers out of state and further erode the middle class.

The Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory reform held a public hearing Monday on a proposal to end minimum salary requirements on state construction projects. The Legislature in 2015 ended prevailing wage on local projects, which took effect earlier this year.

Sen. Leah Vukmir, the bill's sponsor, said removing the minimum salary requirements for workers on public projects would save the state hundreds of...

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