Officials warn of repeal ramifications

By Karen Caffarini and Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune
April, 17, 2015, 5:04 PM

 

Local elected and union officials and contractors are expressing concern about the area’s economy, quality of life for its residents and the safety of those using public roads and buildings if Gov. Mike Pence signs into law a bill repealing the common construction wage as expected.

The bill is on its way to Pence, who has strongly pushed for the measure and has touted the bill on social media.

Pence and other repeal supporters say the bill would save as much as 20 percent from the cost of public building projects by allowing more contractors to pay wages below union scale. Opponents dispute such savings will occur and argue the change will open the door for low-paying, out-of-state contractors.