Legislators Feel Bill Would Lower Cost Of Public Projects

By: Justin Surrency, AP Email
By: Justin Surrency, AP Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators have sent Gov. Sam Brownback a bill barring cities and counties from requiring private contractors to pay union-scale wages on public projects.

The House gave the measure final approval Friday night on a vote of 88-32. The Senate had passed it Tuesday.

The legislation bans local governments from requiring private firms to pay employees more than the federal minimum wage for work on public contracts.

It's aimed at local policies requiring contractors to pay so-called prevailing wages. The federal Department of Labor sets those rates, and critics say they're often based on union scales.

Wyandotte County has a prevailing wage policy.

Republicans said the bill will lower the cost of public projects. Democrats said prevailing wage policies don't boost costs and ensure workers earn a decent living.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email: feedback@wibw.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 201780961 - wibw.com/a?a=201780961