“At a time when unemployment is historically low and 72% of contractors are having trouble filling craft positions, one policy has helped recruit and retain skilled workers into Minnesota’s construction industry: the Minnesota Prevailing Wage Act. The policy provides local minimum wages for construction workers employed on public projects and levels the playing field for […]
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“We got rid of prevailing wage, so far it hasn’t saved us a penny.” Representative Ed Soliday, Indiana (R).
Eliminating prevailing wage puts a heavier burden on taxpayers, according to a new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. A full repeal of prevailing wage in Wisconsin would cost taxpayers $336 million annually in increased costs for social safety net programs. Repealing the prevailing wage means that workers will need more government assistance and […]
Local county board in Illinois did an about face on prevailing wage. After three years of symbolically voting against a prevailing wage, board members overwhelmingly adopted a prevailing wage standard. Although symbolic gestures like this carry no weight against federal law, board members noted the importance of sending a positive message to their community by […]