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Nevadans Protest Bill Changing Prevailing Wage Law

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - More than 200 labor union workers converged outside the Nevada Legislature Wednesday to protest an Assembly Republican effort that changes prevailing wage laws.

The demonstration coincided with the Assembly government affairs committee meeting on the bill.

For current, taxpayer-funded public works projects over $100,000, the state must pay a prevailing wage, an industry minimum wage set by the state labor commissioner each year. The bill changes the threshold to $1.5 million.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Assemblyman Pat Hickey, says the higher threshold would help Nevada schools complete more repairs at a lower cost.

The Nevada AFL-CIO says supporters have yet to show how eliminating the prevailing wage would save money.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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