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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

 12:19 PM 

Prevailing wage study author testifies

The author of a study highlighting the damages prevailing wage repeal would cause is arguing the state will not save money by killing the law.

University of Utah economics Professor Peter Philips wrote a study in April for the Wisconsin Contractor Coalition, which represents more than 450 businesses and opposes repeal. Philips, in the study, concludes repeal of the law, among other things, would reduce worker incentive. 

His report draws comparisons between wages and productivity, and he repeated that argument during testimony today.

"Do you want this to be a high-wage, high-skill industry or a low-wage, low-skill industry," Philips said.

Philips supported his study and disagreed with a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance report that showed the state and local governments could save millions of dollars if prevailing wages were more in line with market rates.

"It is my view, sir, that you will not be saving substantial amounts of money by repealing Wisconsin's prevailing wage law," Philips said.




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