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Prevailing wage law extended to school projects

April 01, 2000

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland General Assembly has agreed to extend the state's prevailing wage law to more school construction projects.

The House of Delegates on Friday approved a bill, which already passed the Senate, requiring contractors to pay workers the prevailing wage on jobs where the state is paying at least half the cost. The former threshold was 75 percent.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, was the only member of the delegation to vote in favor. He has said it's an issue of fairness to workers.

Opponents said it would increase school construction costs.

Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, suggested the House exempt projects slated to get money in the upcoming budget. Her proposed amendment died 68-54.

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- By staff writer Laura Ernde

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