Mo. Lawmakers Propose Prevailing Wage Legislation
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Several southwestern Missouri Republican lawmakers are proposing a law to allow communities to exempt themselves from some wage requirements while rebuilding after natural disasters.
The Joplin Globe reports the legislation would allow school districts, counties and cities to vote to suspend prevailing wage requirements on work to repair or replace structures and infrastructure.
It could be applied in disaster areas declared by the governor but not in St. Louis or Kansas City.
The issue of prevailing wage issue has arisen as rebuilding continues in Joplin, which was hit a May 22 tornado that killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of structures.