Eliminating prevailing wage puts a heavier burden on taxpayers, according to a new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. A full repeal of prevailing wage in Wisconsin would cost taxpayers $336 million annually in increased costs for social safety net programs. Repealing the prevailing wage means that workers will need more government assistance and will cost taxpayers significantly more money.
“When you look at Liberty International, it is one of our biggest employers,” said Prieto (D-Hudson) from the Assembly floor prior to the bill being posted for a vote. “When these individuals live near these centers that should be an economic engine for the region, they should be able to be paid fair wage that is put back into the economy.”