JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has passed a bill changing the state’s prevailing wage law.
The proposal, approved early Friday 22-9, changes how some wages are calculated for public works projects. The bill next heads back to the House.
School districts, cities and other governmental entities currently must pay more than the state’s minimum wage for maintenance and construction work. The specific amount is determined by the type of work being done and a project’s location.
The bill would not impact projects worth less than $75,000.
Proponents say the proposal could help businesses lower inflated wages. Opponents argue that the changes will hurt small contractors and workers.
On Thursday, lawmakers also added new restrictions on public employee unions and moved up an election on right-to-work legislation.