The State Senate has voted to include changes to the state’s prevailing wage law in the state budget bill. The changes would:
- Exempt all local governments, including school districts, technical college districts, and municipal utilities, and off-site trucking from Wisconsin’s prevailing wage laws.
- Use federal rates on state projects, simplifying Wisconsin’s wage rates by conforming them to federal wage rates
The prevailing wage amendment was added to the budget on a 17-16 vote as Republicans Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac and Howard Marklein of Spring Green voted with Senate Democrats against the provision.