Senate to Take up Budget, Prevailing Wage Today

From Wispolitics:

The Legislature’s plans for the state budget took a dramatic turn with the Senate today taking up the document first and planning to take up an amendment that would repeal prevailing wage laws for local governments.

The amendment reflects a proposal from Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, that in addition to exempting local projects from the prevailing wage would use the federal prevailing wage for state projects.

“We believe it will pass,” said Myranda Tanck, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau.

Legislative leaders last week announced plans for the Assembly to take up the budget first alongside a standalone bill on the prevailing wage. The plan was to amend a bill that had previously passed committee to fully repeal the prevailing wage with the Lasee package.

A spokeswoman for Speaker Robin Vos said Assembly Republicans would discuss the development during caucus today.

Also on today’s Senate calendar are state employee contracts, including one for state troopers.

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