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Douglas County stands for workers' wages

The Douglas County Board took a stand against a budget proposal that would eliminate Wisconsin's 1931 prevailing wage law.

The law, which requires employers to pay skilled trades for public projects what local workers are paid, would be repealed as part of the 2017-2019 biennial budget.

Changes were made to the law in 1996, and again in the 2015-2017 state budget. The latest changes only require a prevailing wage on state-owned projects. Federal prevailing wage laws would still be in places for projects funded by the federal government.

The board voted unanimously Aug. 17 against repealing the law after amending a resolution to come from the full board.