Study finds Indiana common construction wage repeal reduced worker pay, didn’t save money on public works projects

Study finds Indiana common construction wage repeal reduced worker pay, didn't save money on public works projects

By DAN CARDEN

nwi.com

INDIANAPOLIS — When Gov. Mike Pence signed the 2015 repeal of Indiana's common construction wage statute, the Republican proclaimed that eliminating county minimum pay rates for public works projects would save the state and local governments money without reducing the paychecks of Hoosier workers.

"Wages on public projects should be set by the marketplace and not by government bureaucracy," Pence said at the time.

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