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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: June 27, 2017 11:40 AM
From: Representative Duane D. Milne
To: All House members
Subject: Advancing Free Enterprise: Prevailing Wage Exemption/Historic Projects
In the proverbial near future, I will be introducing legislation to exempt from the requirements of the Prevailing Wage Act those projects owned or held by historic organizations or land conservancies.

The Prevailing Wage Act of course establishes “prevailing” minimum wage rates that must be paid on certain public projects. The rates that must be met are not necessarily reflective of wage levels that would be paid on projects in a given municipality if the free enterprise system were permitted to flourish. Studies in this and other states consistently have indicated that requirements of state prevailing wage laws artificially inflate costs of public construction projects by a factor of 10%-30%.

Historic preservation projects, or projects undertaken by land conservancies, should not be subject to the expense and bureaucracy of this law. Budgets of such organizations generally are challenged. As a legislative body, we should ensure that such groups, merely trying to perform good works for their communities, can leverage tight budgets for as much gain as possible. This legislation, therefore, is in the best interests of promoting the public good.

I would welcome your partnership in advancing this legislation.

Thank You
Rep Duane Milne

Introduced as HB2161