Local Mayors oppose repealing Indiana's common wage law

Published: Apr. 9, 2015 at 1:06 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 18, 2015 at 9:06 PM CDT
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INDIANA (WFIE) - The controversial bill repealing Indiana's Common Wage law has cleared a big hurdle at the Statehouse.

Unions say it's a job killer. Supporters call it a money saver.

You've probably heard the ads on the radio: Construction workers fear they'll earn less.

Republican lawmakers believe taxpayers would spend less on government projects by doing away with Indiana's 80-year-old law.

Labor unions and even some contractors claim the state and local communities will get what they pay for.

Supporters say the free market bidding system that works for private construction projects should work for government projects as well. Critics say doing away with the law will open the door for untrained and undocumented workers, as well as contractors who lack proper qualifications but submit the lowest bid.

More than 30 Indiana Mayors oppose repealing the law. They include the Mayors of Evansville, Boonville, Mt. Vernon, and Rockport.

Governor Mike Pence has said he fully supports a repeal of the law.

It will have to pass the full house and senate before it heads over to his desk.

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