Public Hearing Today on Prevailing Wage Bill

Today the House will have a hearing open to the public at 7:30 p.m. on House Study Bill 149, a prevailing wage bill. Following the public hearing the House Labor Committee will meet to approve the bill and send it to the full House.

It is expected that the bill will come to the House floor for debate later in the week.

House Study Bill 149 would require a contractor to pay workers the same hourly wage plus fringe benefits for certain public improvements as the contractor would pay workers for a private construction or improvement project. The bill allows the per-hour wage rate to be based on what is normally paid in the area by contractors for similar projects, and to be adjusted on a yearly basis by the department of workforce development.

For an analysis of the bill, go here.
For a question and answer on prevailing wage, go here.
For a note on the fiscal impact of prevailing wage, go here.


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