Senate Votes to Exempt Local Governments, Schools From Prevailing Wage Law

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.