Repeal of prevailing wage in Kentucky moves forward 

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Legislation that would eliminate the government defined hourly wage in construction contracts known as prevailing wage on state projects passed the House Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee Wednesday.

The prevailing wage legislation, designated as House Bill 3, passed the committee with a 16-8 vote Wednesday and now moves to the House floor.

Proponents of the legislation noted that the wage artificially inflates prices of state construction projects and stated that the bill’s goal is to save taxpayer dollars that can go to other areas of state government like education and fixing the state’s pension crisis.

The Kentucky Chamber has been supportive of legislation that seriously examines the state’s prevailing wage laws, which must be made more representative of local wages by utilizing more effective methods of data collection than the current hearings process.

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