Michigan Senate panel to debate repeal of wage law

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By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Senate committee is set to debate repealing a law that requires union-scale wages for construction workers on state-financed public works projects.

Gov. Rick Snyder opposes the bill, but Republicans who control the Senate plan to push for it regardless.

A hearing will be held on Wednesday, and the legislation could see quick approval.

Republicans say taxpayers should not have to pay more for buildings and other projects than is paid for private jobs. Democrats say worker pay should not be cut and the law ensures higher-quality work is done.

The legislation is not expected to save much on road construction projects because many of them are at least partially funded with federal money.