Maryland passes bill requiring prevailing wage for school projects

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The General Assembly has passed a bill that could raise costs for school construction, despite efforts by a Crofton senator on Wednesday to reduce the effect of the bill.

The Senate voted 32-15 to pass House Bill 727. The measure would require all school construction projects that get at least 25 percent of their money from the state to pay workers the prevailing wage.

Sen. Ed Reilly, R-Crofton, proposed amendments on Wednesday in an attempt to raise the proposed threshold from 25 percent. But amendments proposed by Reilly to raise the threshold from 25 percent to 35 and 40 percent were shot down by the Senate.

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