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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Dems blast push for prevailing wage repeal

Assembly Dems today slammed Labor Committee Republicans for "ramming through" a bill that would repeal the state's prevailing wage.

GOP members of the committee, the Dems said, gave only 24 hours notice on the day after a holiday that there would be a public hearing on repeal, showing that the only goal is to force the bill through in time for inclusion in the budget this week.

"This is about cramming a very controversial bill through as fast as possible," said committee member Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine.

He later added that there has been no talk of a substitute amendment that would change the law rather than repeal it.

"This is not a committee that seems set on deliberation," Mason said.

And the timing of the bill could not be worse for the state's middle class, said Rep. Tod Ohnstad, D-Kenosha.

"Now we've got a new idea," he said, "and the new idea is to lower the wages of workers in Wisconsin."

The Labor Committee was scheduled to start a hearing on AB 32 at 9 a.m. The bill would repeal Wisconsin's state, local and highway prevailing wage laws. The committee is scheduled to exec the bill today immediately after the hearing.


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