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Waging War

As several states do away with their prevailing wage laws, electrical contractors grapple with one of the oldest debates in the industry.

On Jan. 6, 2015, as snow fell on the streets of Indianapolis, Indiana State Representative Jerry Torr introduced House Bill 1019, which would repeal the state’s prevailing wage statute. The 80-year-old law required that tradespeople be paid a set rate on state and locally funded projects, and, as such, had been in the crosshairs of free-market economists and small business owners for decades. In fact, this was the Republican caucus’ third attempt in five years to repeal or signifi

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