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Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Assembly Labor Committee has approved a measure that would eliminate Wisconsin's prevailing wage law.

The committee voted Wednesday 5-4 with Republicans in favor advancing the bill. Rep. John Spiros, a Marshfield Republican, joined Democrats in voting against the measure.

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday said he would sign a repeal of the law.

The proposal would do away with a law that requires construction workers on certain government projects be paid wages equivalent to what they would earn working on other projects in the area.

The committee chairman Rep. Andre Jacque says he'd like to see a repeal added to the state budget later this week.

Republican leaders in the Senate and the Assembly have said they don't have the votes to pass the measure on its own.

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