Battle Over Wages Begins In Statehouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new bill at the Statehouse in Columbus is reviving a decades-old debate between Republicans and Democrats.

The proposal at the Statehouse by Rep Matt Huffman (R-Lima), would scale-back union-scale wages for construction on tax-funded projects. Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper says it's a terrible deal for workers.

"The best way we can revive Ohio's economy is by having higher wages for middle-income Ohioans and working Ohioans, not reducing those wages," Pepper says. 

Republicans say it amounts to a savings of tax dollars. The GOP says there's a double-standard where governments and schools must pay higher wages for construction workers, and homeowners can pay the lowest bidder.

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