Prevailing Wage Law Repealed Effective January 1, 2017

Wisconsin’s 80 some year old Prevailing Wage law has been eliminated for cities, villages and towns (and some other local governmental units), effective January 1, 2017.

During calendar years 2015 and 2016 the prevailing wage laws remain in effect. The repeal included a statement that this repeal was a matter of statewide concern, and that municipalities are prohibited from enacting local prevailing wage laws.

The repeal of the prevailing wage law was part of the annual budget, a copy of which can be found at this website. See page 352 for the specific section.

In addition, according to a Department of Workforce Development statement issued in July, projects which are under contract or for which the local government has issued a request for bids prior to January 1, 2017 will remain subject to the prevailing wage law for the life of the project. See the DWD website for further details.

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