Spence Suggests Suspending Prevailing Wage for I-70 Rebuild
ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence is floating a new approach to rebuild I-70 across the state.
Spence says the cost of building an 8-lane highway could be reduced from four billion to three billion dollar, if the workers who build it, are not paid a prevailing wage, “Maybe we should suspend prevailing wage to get I-70, because if we take on $4 billion dollars we’re paying 25% higher for prevailing wage in our state. That’s a hidden tax everyone’s paying.”
Spence tells KMOX’s Mark Reardon, “I think we need to have some common sense, meet-in-the-middle on this with the unions and say, ‘does that make sense anymore because we’re putting it on the backs of our grandkids to pay off.
Spence tells KMOX’s Mark Reardon, that he does not support turning I-70 into a toll road or raising fuel or cigarette taxes.