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(Jefferson City) (AP) – The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would change how the minimum wage required for public construction projects is calculated for rural counties.

The so-called prevailing wage for a given trade is currently calculated based on voluntary surveys collected and submitted by contractors on a public works project.

The bill passed by the Senate would require those wage surveys to be split between union and non-union wages. Then the wage would be set by whichever group, union or non-union, reported more hours of work. If there are no reports for a current year the wage would then be set by an average of reports from the last six years.

Senators voted 23-10 to pass the bill Monday. It now heads back to the House.

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