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Mo. House Endorses Changes to Construction Wages

Posted: Mar 12, 2013 7:42 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Mar 12, 2013 7:45 PM

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill changing how the minimum wage required for public construction projects is calculated for most counties.

Currently, the so-called prevailing wage for a given trade is based on voluntary surveys collected and submitted by contractors on a project.

The legislation endorsed Tuesday on a 90-62 vote would replace those figures with an average weekly statewide wage compiled by the state labor department.

Local governments and school districts are required to pay the prevailing wage. Proponents of the bill say the proposed new method of calculation would result in lower prevailing wages, making construction projects more affordable. Opponents say it creates an incentive to hire out-of-state workers at a lower rate.

The bill needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.

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