Missouri House votes to allow lower wages on public projects

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House passed a bill that would repeal the state's "prevailing wage" law for public construction projects.

The proposal, which passed Thursday with an 89-60 vote, would reverse a state law requiring cities, school districts and other government entities to pay more than the state's minimum wage for public construction and maintenance projects. It now moves to the Senate.

Supporters of the bill say it would save the state money. Opponents argue repealing the wages, which are calculated by a county-by-county basis, would let the state undercut union workers.

Gov. Eric Greitens pledged to support the bill. He recently signed another, labor-related "right-to-work" law prohibiting mandatory union fees.

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