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Move to scrap labor laws underway

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

Republicans in the Midwest are moving to scrap labor laws that help unions win a healthy share of the jobs on public works projects.

Conservative legislators are targeting "prevailing wage" statutes, now on the books in 31 states. They require paying the local wage rate -- usually union scale -- on government construction projects such as schools.

Critics say the wage laws inflate costs and make it harder for nonunion contractors to compete.

Indiana repealed its law last month, becoming the first to act legislatively in 27 years. Similar proposals are now before lawmakers in Michigan and Wisconsin. All three states enacted right-to-work laws in recent years.

Defenders of prevailing wage laws, including Democrats, say they ensure workers are paid fairly and trained well.

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