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Pence Urges Fort Wayne to Repeal Common Construction Wage Law

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The fixed construction wage law should be repealed. That's the message of new television ads that Governor Pence is sponsoring in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Lafayette.

According to the Journal Gazette, Pence is spending $250,000 out of his campaign to air the ads on TV and radio, urging Hoosiers to repeal the common construction wage law.

Most Fort Wayne officials are against House Bill 1019, that is seen as an assault on unions by the Republican Party.

The ads will air before the next hearing of the Indiana Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee on Tuesday.

The Indiana House has already passed the bill, 55-41.The state’s common construction wage law has been in place for the last 80 years and allows boards to set wages for every state or local project that costs more than $350,000.

Supporters of the bill say if Indiana eliminated the law, it could save taxpayers between 10 and 20 percent on all future construction projects.

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