Missouri House approves prevailing wage bill, sends it to Senate

The Missouri House on Tuesday voted to approve a measure that would repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. If passed, the bill would do away with the state’s existing guidelines on how much workers should be paid for public works projects. Instead, contractors would only be required to pay workers the higher of the state or federal minimum wage.

Backers of the bill say it would save taxpayers money and eliminate a system that’s more burdensome for rural communities, which wind up having to pay wages competitive with bigger cities. Opponents say it protects wages for workers and keeps them from taking jobs in other states.

The House’s Republican supermajority was split in its vote over the issue, with 20 Republicans — mostly from the St. Louis and Kansas City areas — joining Democrats in opposing the bill. One Democrat, Rep. Courtney Curtis of Ferguson, voted in favor of the bill.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missourinet

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