There will be another effort to repeal Wisconsin prevailing wage law. State Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) says the change could save taxpayers millions of dollars by ending restrictions on wages paid for government projects.
“It is really an inhibitor for general market competition, for state funded and in some cases federally funded projects,” said Hutton, who was co-sponsor of similar legislation that failed to advance in the last legislative session.
The change would end a long standing requirement that workers attached to public works projects be paid a wage set by the state. “Most vertical projects in the state are contracted, designed and completed without prevailing wage law,” Hutton said. “We’d like to see this happen early on.”