Who benefits, who gets hurt by repealing prevailing wage law doesn’t seem fair

Who benefits, who gets hurt by repealing prevailing wage law doesn’t seem fair
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It’s often hard to discern motives when elected officials frame policy decisions as “saving taxpayers money.”

For the most part, no one is against lower taxes although that is usually accompanied by the assumption those savings will be equally applied to taxpayers at all levels. And we all know that is often not the case.

The current Wisconsin Republican legislators’ proposal to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law is especially perplexing in that it is being sold as a tax-saving measure but will be paid for by lowering wages for workers on state construction projects. And those folks are hurting already.

It was also not lost on us that some of those most fearful of the wage law repeal are veterans who are disproportionately employed in the building trades.

As we said, nobody wants higher taxes, but a far bigger problem in this state and in this country is low wages. Who benefits and who gets hurt by this proposal doesn’t seem fair to us.

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