Compromise Bill Addresses Prevailing Wage Concerns

By on February 3, 2018

From News Tribune:  One week after considering four bills that would overhaul Missouri’s prevailing wage law, a Missouri Senate committee considered an alternative proposal that some in the construction industry consider a compromise.

Last week, the committee heard from more than a dozen supporters and opponents of a repeal of Missouri’s prevailing wage law, which requires construction workers be paid state-set minimum wages on taxpayer-funded projects.

State Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, said his bill compromises by overhauling the prevailing wage law but still makes drastic changes. Construction industry officials at Wednesday’s hearing said they also consider the bill a compromise.

Last week, state Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and other proponents of a full repeal said current law disproportionately affects rural areas, in part because municipalities must pay prevailing wage on simple maintenance projects. Romine’s bill would address this by requiring projects to cost at least $25,000 before prevailing wage requirements kick in.

“There’s a lot of maintenance issues that need to be taken care of that we feel like should not have to go through the exercises of the bidding process or prevailing wage process,” Romine said.

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