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Controversial common construction wage bill signed by Pence into law

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Wednesday that eliminates the state’s common wage system – a move supporters say will make public projects cheaper and critics complain will depress pay for construction workers. The change means market forces will determine the pay for workers on projects worth […]

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Webcast: Pence’s approval ratings fall, the construction wage is repealed and revenue is down

TheStatehouseFile.com webcast for April 17, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. Anchors Olivia Covington and Michael Icenogle bring us the week’s news from the Indiana Statehouse.

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Analysis: Common construction arguments don’t wash, on either side

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have scrapped Indiana’s common construction wage, an 80-year-old system that set floors for workers’ pay on local projects that are funded with taxpayer money. It was a controversial debate and the economics are tricky – but the discussion became more convoluted than it needed to be in part […]

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Union workers fill Statehouse lawn to protest proposed common construction repeal

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than a thousand Hoosier workers and contractors showed up to the Statehouse lawn on Monday waving signs urging lawmakers to not to repeal the state’s common construction wage law. House Bill 1019 would eliminate a system that lets local boards set wages for contractors who work on projects […]

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Senate committee passes common construction repeal

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee revamped and then passed a common construction wage bill Tuesday that critics say will drive down worker pay and supporters argue will create more competition within the industry. If House Bill 1019, authored by Rep. Gerald Torr, R-Carmel, becomes law, it would eliminate a system that […]

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Letter to the editor: Repeal of common construction wage law unnecessary

March 31, 2015 To the Editor: The legislation to repeal our state’s common construction wage law (House Bill 1019) is unnecessary and shortsighted. If one were planning to build a house, the prudent course of due diligence would be to research possible home builders, while the primary decision factors would be quality of workmanship and […]

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Pence campaign spends $s in common construction fight; governor considers radio or TV ads

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is weighing whether to buy radio or television ads in a fight that labor leaders say is another GOP effort to weaken unions. Already, Pence is using campaign money to pay for a website that supports eliminating the common construction wage, which lets local governments and […]

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Hershman declines to comment on common construction wage legislation

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The chairman of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee declined to comment Monday whether or not a bill to repeal the common construction wage will get a hearing. Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, said through a spokesperson that he preferred not to comment on the subject. This comes three […]

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House passes bill to scrap common construction wage for public projects

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The GOP-majority House voted Monday to undo an 80-year-old law that lets local governments and schools set wage floors that contractors must meet on public projects. House Bill 1019 – approved 55-41 – now moves to the Senate, where Republicans also control the chamber. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry […]