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Prevailing Wage Bill Could Put Ohio House Speaker on the Spot

Larry Householder
DAN KONIK
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Speaker Householder (R-Glenford) may have to consider a new bill on prevailing wage.

Two Republican Ohio House members want to introduce a bill soon that would eliminate the prevailing wage on construction projects. And that puts the GOP leader of that chamber in a spot.

Larry Householder (R-Glenford) got support for his election as speaker from many Democrats and union leaders. They say he promised to be friendly to labor. Some of Householder’s fellow Republicans now want a bill that would get rid of the mandatory minimum wage rate for laborers who work on government projects. Householder isn’t saying where he stands on prevailing wage, but he said last month that he takes his relationship with Democrats seriously.

“It’s sort of like a marriage. You’ve got to keep working at it and you are going to have your disagreements,” Householder said.

While he’s not speaking out on this bill yet, Householder has said he doesn’t think there’s a need for a so-called “Right to Work” bill.