- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State officials would not decide how much to pay construction workers on public school projects under a bill approved by a Senate committee.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Wil Schroder of Wilder, would exempt school construction projects from Kentucky’s prevailing wage law. The law sets construction wages for publicly funded projects based on local surveys. But a 2014 study from the Legislative Research Commission found the law increased workers’ pay by about $8 per hour more than they would have been paid in the private sector.

Democrats dispute that study, noting it only looked at wages and not the total cost of construction projects. Democratic Sen. Morgan McGarvey of Louisville voted against the bill.

It is the first bill to make it to the Senate floor this year.

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This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Wil Schroder.

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