Missouri lawmakers push public construction restrictions

Missouri lawmakers are moving forward with proposals to end union-only contracts in public construction.

Both the House and Senate on Thursday passed versions of a measure to do so.

Local governments in Missouri currently have the option to issue bid requirements mandating union working conditions for contractors if the projects are less than half funded by the state.

Backers of the bills say doing so would save money on public construction and give more opportunities to non-union contractors.

Opponents say it would limit local government options and lead to lower wages.

Read more: Southeast Missourian

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