Senate to take up repeal of state construction wage law

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The leader of the Indiana Senate says it will take up a Republican-led push to repeal the state law that sets wages for public construction projects.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long said Wednesday that a Senate committee will hold a hearing on the bill, which would eliminate the boards that set construction wages for each state or local project.

The Senate's labor committee chairman has said he wants more study of the issue. But Long plans to assign the bill to another committee, saying he believes the repeal could save state and local governments money by allowing more contractors to pay wages below union scale.

Opponents argue the change would open the door for low-paying, out-of-state contractors.

House members voted 55-41 this week to advance the bill to the Senate.

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