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Repeal changes made to prevailing wage laws

“As governor, Tony will: Repeal changes made to Wisconsin’s prevailing wage laws that simply take money out of Wisconsin’s workers’ pockets”

Updates

Republicans kill prevailing wage rollback

Laws passed in 2015 and 2017 under Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-run Legislature repealed the state's prevailing wage law.

The law in place until then required the state to pay certain minimum levels for construction workers. This was determined for each trade in various areas of the state.

Campaigning against Walker, Tony Evers said he would repeal those changes that "simply take money out of Wisconsin workers' pockets." Now governor, Evers tried to follow through with his first budget. Republicans weren't having it.

Evers' budget proposed going back to the system in place prior to 2015, but the Republican Legislature removed this from the budget.

There are still three years left in Evers' term, and he has one more budget in which to address this.

For now we rate this promise Stalled.

Sources:

Tony Evers campaign website, Infrastructure and Transportation, accessed Nov. 19, 2019

Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Comparative Summary of Provisions, 2019 Act 9, 2019-21 State Budget, August 2019

Email exchange with Melissa Baldauff, spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers, Nov. 18-19, 2019