Senate set to discuss bill repealing construction wage law

Construction works gather at a rally held by the Indiana Building Contractors Alliance and their employees against the repealing of the state law that sets wages for public construction projects, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, April 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are set to discuss a measure that would repeal the state law that sets wages for public construction projects.

Senate members are expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to repeal the Common Construction Wage law that sets wages for public construction projects. The vote comes after thousands of contractors and union members gathered at the Statehouse Monday to rally against the measure.

Opponents say repealing the law will decrease construction quality and worker salaries, and would open the door for low-paying, out-of-state contractors to underbid.

Supporters argue that wages are set artificially high, hindering the competitive market from lowering bid prices and saving taxpayer money.

Lawmakers will also consider several amendments including one to study the issue over the summer rather than repealing the law.

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