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Mooney challenges governor to sign his petition

May 19, 2000

Maryland Sen. Alex X. Mooney has challenged Gov. Parris Glendening to sign his petition opposing a new prevailing wage law.

The governor, who sponsored the law to set minimum wage scales on school construction projects, has no intention of signing.

Michael Morrill, Glendening's spokesman, called Mooney's effort "ill-informed and ill-advised."

The law will require contractors to pay workers set wages based on the average wages of construction workers in each county.

Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, contends it could increase the cost of renovating and building schools by 15 percent.

Morrill said the effect will be negligible.

The Washington County Board of Education has not been able to calculate the impact of the law, said Superintendent of Schools Herman G. Bartlett Jr.

Bartlett is advising the school board to remain neutral on the issue.

Mooney has set up a web site (www.educationmaryland.com) to help collect the 46,128 signatures needed by the end of June to put the issue to referendum this fall.

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He needs to get one third of them by the end of May.

- Laura Ernde

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