Ark. lawmakers seek repeal of prevailing wage law


LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A group of Arkansas state lawmakers is seeking to repeal a law that sets wage requirements for laborers working on public construction projects.

Republican Rep. Dan Douglas filed a bill Monday that eliminates a state law requiring contractors for certain public construction projects to pay their workers a rate that at least meets the "prevailing wage" in the area. That "prevailing wage" is set annually by the state Department of Labor based on surveys of contractors.

Douglas says that the wage requirements are too costly for taxpayers. A repeal of the law, he says, would lower labor and regulatory compliance costs for government contractors that would be passed along to taxpayers.

The proposal has 16 other co-sponsors in the House and five in the Senate.

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