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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

 6:05 PM 

Committee Republicans shoot down sunset

Labor Committee Dems' fourth and final amendment, a sunset provision for right-to-work, met the same fate by the same vote as the preceding three amendments.

Committee Republicans voted down the amendment 6-3.

The sunset would have phased out right-to-work if per-capita wages in the state go down after three years. The Department of Workforce Development would track those wages in the state during the three years to determine if the sunset applies.

Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, said the amendment stems from the recent back and forth between right-to-work proponents and opponents over whether the bill would increase or decrease wages in the state.

"What this amendment does," Mason said, "is it basically leaves time to figure out who's right and who's wrong."

But the amendment lacked crucial details, committee Chairman Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, said. He said the amendment did not clarify how much a reduction in wages would trigger the sunset, nor, he said, did the amendment direct the DWD to determine what caused a wage decrease.

"I have serious concerns about the readiness of the amendment," Jacque said.


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