INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Senate leaders have put off discussing a proposal that would repeal the state's law that sets wages for public construction projects.
The decision comes just hours after thousands of contractors and construction workers rallied against the measure Monday at the Statehouse. The bill would eliminate the boards which set wages for state or local building projects costing more than $350,000.
Supporters say wages are artificially high and hinder the competitive market from lowering bid prices and saving taxpayer money. Critics say eliminating the law will decrease labor productivity, construction quality and worker salaries.
Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long says lawmakers need more time to consider 27 proposed amendments. He says the Senate will discuss the measure Tuesday.