|Posted:||December 1, 2016 10:21 AM|
|From:||Representative Jim Cox|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Raising the Prevailing Wage Threshold|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would increase the threshold under the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act from $25,000 to $500,000 and establish an annual inflationary adjustment to ensure the threshold remains current.
In 1961, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted the Prevailing Wage Act, requiring a prevailing minimum wage to be paid to workmen on publicly-financed construction, reconstruction, repair, demolition, or alteration projects. Since the threshold was last increased in 1963, the cost of construction has increased nearly seven-fold. Projects of similar scope and size simply cannot be constructed for the same cost today as they were in 1963, thus warranting a long overdue adjustment.
I believe raising the threshold to $500,000 is a reasonable adjustment that would greatly assist our municipalities and school districts by relieving the mandates set forth in the Act for work on small projects.
Please join me in working for the passage of this important legislation.
PICKETT, MILLARD, BAKER, TALLMAN, HELM, KAUFFMAN, MENTZER, FEE, BLOOM, STAATS, DUSH, ZIMMERMAN, IRVIN, DELOZIER, WARD, M. K. KELLER, GROVE, A. HARRIS, KLUNK, ROSS, METCALFE, MARSICO, and LAWRENCE
Introduced as HB527