New report: Prevailing wage repeal would cost Wisconsinites $300 million a year

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Repealing what remains of Wisconsin’s prevailing-wage laws would cost taxpayers more than $300 million a year, according to a new study from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. The reported prompted state Democrats to hold a news conference Tuesday again expressing opposition to Republican plans to repeal the remaining prevailing-wage laws for state-commissioned projects. > Daily Reporter

Dem lawmaker refutes GOP claims on the benefits of prevailing wage repeal

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The state budget includes a measure to repeal prevailing wage laws, and Rep. Leon D. Young has this to say: “Repealing the prevailing wage doesn’t save the state money, it costs the state jobs! Let’s examine the truth about the prevailing wage law that Republicans refuse to admit and don’t want you to know.” > Milwaukee Courier

UW System regents hoping pay raises for faculty will blunt talent drain

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UW System leaders will soon know whether state lawmakers will fund pay raises for employees, as well as critical repairs to aging campuses’ buildings. Faculty continue to leave UW campuses in large numbers because average pay is far below that at peer institutions, several chancellors told the regents. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

To the Editor: Despite Walker’s statements, wages and jobs in Wisconsin still lag the nation

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Dear Editor: Gov. Walker repeatedly touts Wisconsin’s unemployment rate of 3.4 percent as evidence that his policies are working. However, Bureau of Labor Statistics data cast a dark shadow on the governor’s statements. The reality is that job growth is modest, wages are lagging for the working class, and those at the top are doing far better than the typical working class Wisconsinite. > The Cap Times

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate now lowest since 2000

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Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to a 17-year low of 3.2%, down from 3.4% in March and well below the late-2009 peak of 9.2%. The state’s jobless rate has paralleled a consistent decline in the national unemployment rate, which fell to 4.4%. Wisconsin’s unemployment has trended below the national rate for more than 30 years. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Prevailing-wage repeal coasts through state Senate panel

A panel of state lawmakers voted along party lines to this week to green light a bill to eliminate prevailing-wage requirements for state projects. Senate Bill 216 would repeal what’s left of Wisconsin’s prevailing-wage laws and would come on top of lawmakers’ decision two years ago to eliminate the minimum pay requirements for local projects.  >  Daily Reporter

Prevailing-wage bill gets committee vote Tuesday, potentially moving it to full legislature

Senate Bill 216 would completely bring about the end of Wisconsin’s decades-old prevailing-wage laws. The Senate Committee on Labor & Regulatory Reform will vote on the legislation at a 9am meeting Tuesday in Room 400 Southeast of the Capitol. If approved, the bill would next go to the full Legislature.  >  Daily Reporter