A WPRI Special Report: The Prevailing Wage Law
Real-World Impacts of Prevailing Wage: 5 stories from around Wisconsin
A Million-Dollar Exemption?
In Dunn County four years ago, local officials saved up to $1 million in construction costs for a public nursing home project by getting an exemption from the prevailing wage law added to the state budget. Writer Dave Daley delves into the issue.
Savings That Taxpayers Could See
Without the prevailing wage law, local officials could spend the labor-cost savings on other needs. Even projects that aren’t publicly funded have become entangled with the wage law. Writer Greg Pearson tells those stories.
School Districts Grapple With Costs
The prevailing wage law burdens smaller, lower-income districts. The law makes it more difficult for school officials to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Writer Betsy Thatcher shares their stories.
More Than Construction Projects
The Village of Grafton’s tale of two water towers illustrates the confusion over which projects are subject to the prevailing wage law. Construction or maintenance, too? Writer Lori Holly provides the details.
Wisconsin’s wage-calculating system for public projects can be a nightmare filled with inconsistencies, red tape and frustrations for construction companies. Writer Jan Uebelherr tells their story.
What's New From WPRI
WI Magazine Spring 2015
Cover story: Why Wisconsin Embraced Right-to-Work
Other articles in this issue include Disorder in the Classroom, Cross Purposes, Open Shop, The Conservative Debate over Common Core and more
By Richard Vedder, Joseph Hartge and Chrisopher Denhart
WPRI President Mike Nichols testifies on right-to-work at the Capitol
The Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform held a public hearing on February 24, 2015.
Read Mike's testimony here.
Ben Merens interviews Andrew Hanson, co- author of WPRI Report.
Download link: http://cxl1.net/D3gYsRX6fTBX.mp3
By Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research
On September 29, 2014, Senior Producer Steve Walters interviewed Paul Bachman, research director at the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University and one of the authors of the new tax study released by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, in the WisconsinEye studio in Madison.