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Lawmakers dig in heels on transportation funding

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Nov 19, 2013 3:59 PM
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State House legislative leaders are at an impasse on what to do next in the way of transportation funding.

Democratic caucus leaders said Tuesday morning they have a plan that can pass with their members shouldering most of the vote burden.

It's identical to the $2.3 billion amendment that failed by a narrow margin in the House Monday night - except for one feature. It does not include prevailing wage law reforms that would reduce pay on public works projects.

Democratic Minority Leader Frank Dermody said it's been a longtime sticking point for his caucus members allied with labor groups.

"This is no surprise," Dermody said. "They know, the governor knows, the secretary knows, and House Republicans know how we feel about that issue."

But House Speaker Sam Smith has said repeatedly there's no plan to call up the Democrats' favored plan for a vote. He said it's because it wasn't negotiated among the four legislative caucuses. House Democrats dispute that. They say the plan including prevailing wage reforms is the one that wasn't negotiated.

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