US Today - Michael Collins

In a nod to labor unions, President Joe Biden is moving to boost wages for construction workers on projects paid for with federal funding, a step that would appeal to a key constituency ahead of next year’s presidential election and potentially shrink the pay gap between northern and southern states.

The Biden administration said Tuesday it intends to restore a definition of the “prevailing wage” that was abandoned four decades ago by Ronald Reagan. The update would change how the prevailing wage is calculated and could put thousands of extra dollars every year in the pockets of construction crews working on federal projects.

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