By Sahid Fawaz
Republicans love to talk about helping everyone but the working class.
And now road workers in the once pro-worker state of Wisconsin face a tense future.
"Wisconsin road projects could be designed and built by the same firm and their workers could be paid less, under new GOP legislation aimed at lowering the costs of highway construction.
The state faces long-term shortfalls in its roads fund, and a disagreement over how to pay for bridge and highway projects has held up the state budget.
To help address that, a group of GOP lawmakers introduced legislation this month that they said would help to close the funding gap by lowering costs.
The bill would repeal the state's 'prevailing wage' law requiring certain minimum pay levels for construction workers. It would also clear the way in Wisconsin for design-build firms that both draw plans for highway projects and construct them.
'This bill will restore taxpayer confidence in an agency that has strayed from the sound fiscal and good-government principles we expect,' said Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin)."
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