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WI AFT Local President Fails Econ 101 on PLAs and Prevailing Wage

An effort to school Governor Scott Walker on free market forces morphed into a self-taught lesson in irony Tuesday for American Federation of Teachers Local 212 President Mike Rosen. Rosen joined  Democratic Assembly Leader Peter Barca and Rep. Katrina Shankland on a media conference call to respond to President Donald Trump’s visit to Wisconsin and appearance […]

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Indiana’s Experience With Wage Repeal: The Rest of the Story

Opponents of a full repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law for public construction projects recently have been pointing to video of a Republican Indiana state lawmaker claiming repeal of a similar law there did not save money on public projects. Indiana State Representative Ed Soliday, House Assistant Majority Leader, at an event in Milwaukee last […]

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Prevailing Wage Repeal Counteroffensive

Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, and Rep. Rob Hutton, R–Brookfield, Tuesday reintroduced a bill that would repeal Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law for state projects following the announcement the initiative was removed from the budget last week. “As lawmakers we have a responsibility to manage the transportation budget efficiently,” Vukmir said in a news release. “It’s unrealistic […]

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“Vets Hardest Hit” Prevailing Wage Myth Goes Multi-State

It has been nearly a year since Huffington Post ran a piece arguing that the repeal of of prevailing wage laws would disproportionately harm veterans. Media Trackers deconstructed the argument and revealed the myth in the argument in October, 2016. After failing to stop a partial repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law last session, union backed […]

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Lawmakers Receive “Veterans Hardest Hit” Mailer on Prevailing Wage Reform

Many, if not all, Wisconsin state legislators received a mailing from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Legion this week (posted below) urging defeat of efforts to fully repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. Lawmakers last session repealed the portion of the law impacting local projects. Legislation under consideration this session would repeal the requirement […]

Prevailing Wage Repeal Foes Play Veterans Card, Again

In July 2015, Governor Scott Walker signed into law a partial repeal of the state’s repealing wage lifting the requirement for local projects around the state. With the newly announced 2017-19 biennial Wisconsin state budget, Walker now hopes to see the Republican-led state legislature to fully repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage laws; a […]