House panel backs repealing Indiana public projects wage law

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A sharply divided Indiana House committee has endorsed a proposal to repeal the state law that sets wages for public construction projects.

The Republican-controlled House Labor Committee voted 8-4 Tuesday in favor of eliminating the boards that set construction wages for each state or local project.

Supporters of the repeal say it would save an estimated 10 percent to 20 percent on state construction projects by allowing more contractors to pay wages below union scale. Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar called the law a wasteful interference by government.

Numerous construction company officials testified against the repeal during a four-hour hearing. Rieth Riley Construction President Keith Rose says labor costs on most projects are less than 20 percent, so the projected savings don’t add up. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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