This week, the Ohio Senate voted 21-10 in favor of House amendments to Senate Bill 4, which provides more than $500 million for school construction projects and public works. The House recently amended the bill to expand Ohio’s prevailing wage law by requiring certain public works to pay union-scale wages.
Traditionally, fiscally conservative Republicans have not favored such prevailing wage mandates; however, Statehouse Republicans this week went along with the House language — and some even championed the proposal, reflecting the influence that labor has on some GOP lawmakers. Watch the floor debate starting at the 24:10 mark. 6/25/2020