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WI State Rep. Rob Hutton: Prevailing Wage Repeal Protects Local and State Taxpayers

September 20, 2017

Wisconsin state Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) talks about what's in Wisconsin's new state budget for taxpayers, previewing how the included prevailing wage repeal provisions will benefit taxpayers and cities.

In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, managing editor and research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Wisconsin state representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) about how Wisconsin lawmakers are protecting local and state taxpayers’ money by including prevailing wage repeal in the state’s biennial budget bill.

Prevailing-wage laws require government agencies to regulate the compensation given to workers on government capital projects, such as school construction and road repair, Hutton says, instead of allowing businesses to set their own pay rates according to true market value.

By adding a full repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law into the state’s budget, Wisconsin lawmakers are giving taxpayers more value for their hard-earned money, ensuring the money is being spent wisely, helping local governments are able to provide the services and facilities people need without busting taxpayers’ wallets
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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH