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 will cost taxpayers significantly more money.
“When you look at Liberty International, it is one of our biggest employers,” said Prieto (D-Hudson) from the Assembly floor prior to the bill being posted for a vote. “When these individuals live near these centers that should be an economic engine for the region, they should be able to be paid fair wage that is put back into the economy.”
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 supporting prevailing wage standards.
New Jersey’s General Assembly passed legislation supporting prevailing wage for transit centers in New Hersey, bringing wages up nearly $8/hour. The prevailing wage legislation passed the assembly with a 51:23 vote to support fair wages. Advocates view this as a major step forward in equality for workers.