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Sen. Dale Schultz: Prevailing wage hurts rural development
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Changes to the prevailing wage law in the budget being hurried through the Legislature in Madison will kill jobs and burden property taxpayers, especially throughout rural Wisconsin.The prevailing wage law was passed in the early 1930s to end the problem of shoddy work by contractors endangering public safety. The famous example at the time was a school collapse in Louisiana that launched the career of Governor Huey Long. Today we protect public safety through close scrutiny of the design, construction and maintenance of all government construction projects.In rural Wisconsin, household incomes are around two-thirds that of most urban and suburban areas of the state.

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