INDIANAPOLIS (AP): The Indiana House has approved a Republican-led push to repeal the state law that sets wages for public construction projects.
House members voted 55-41 Monday to support eliminating the boards that set construction wages for each state or local project. Thirteen Republicans joined 28 Democrats in opposing the bill.
Supporters of the repeal say it would save tens of millions of tax dollars each year by cutting as much as 20 percent from the cost of construction projects through allowing more contractors to pay wages below union scale.
Opponents argue the change would open the door for low-paying, out-of-state contractors.
The bill's fate is uncertain in the Republican-dominated Senate, where the labor committee chairman says he wants more study of the issue.