Missouri House sends prevailing wage reform to Gov. Nixon for signature

JEFFERSON CITY – On a vote of 93-64, the Missouri House has given final approval to House Bill 34, legislation that eliminates the prevailing wage mandate on new construction of public projects in much of outstate Missouri (3rd and 4th class counties).  House Bill 34, sponsored by Rep. Casey Guernsey, now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

“Prevailing wage law is antiquated policy that needs to be eliminated.  We are pleased to see the passage of this legislation, which provides relief from prevailing wage law to outstate Missouri, where it is needed most,” said Brendan Cossette, Missouri Chamber director of legislative affairs and assistant general counsel.  “We believe it will save thousands of taxpayers’ dollars on public projects.  This is money that can instead be spent on education and other public needs, not artificially inflated wages.”

The Missouri Chamber has a long-standing position against prevailing wage mandates and will further advocate that this practice be applied to all work in public projects in all Missouri counties.

“If Gov. Nixon wants to be a good steward of taxpayers’ money, he will sign this legislation into law,” said Cossette. 

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.mochamber.com) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business organization in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers, providing more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.

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