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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The way Missouri calculates the minimum wage for public works projects needs to change — but that’s where the agreement ends for critics and supporters of Republican proposals aimed at reworking the calculating process.

Lawmakers were considering two proposals Tuesday that would change the state’s “prevailing wage,” which is the pay rate that cities, counties and other governmental entities must pay for construction projects. The rate is usually higher than the state minimum wage, though it varies by occupation and location.

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