The Indiana House easily approved legislation repealing the state’s common construction wage, and the bill’s support in the Senate looks strong. For the bill’s opponents, pushing it to a summer study committee could be their best hope.
Set by local boards, the common construction wage is a sort of minimum wage for public construction projects.
Republican legislative leaders say the potential price tag of one aspect of Governor Mike Pence’s tax simplification proposal could be too costly to support.
Among the many provisions of Pence’s bill is a change to a sales tax exemption for Hoosier businesses.
Initial estimates by the governor’s administration put the cost around $35 million. But LSA, the legislature’s bipartisan research agency, calculates a revenue loss of anywhere between $130 million and $240 million per year.
More than a hundred legislators from around the country will gather in Indianapolis this week to lay the foundation for a future constitutional convention. Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long says the gathering comes as state lawmakers grow increasingly concerned about what they see as overreach by the federal government.