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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 5, 2021 09:06 AM
From: Representative Brian Smith
To: All House members
Subject: Prevailing Wage Exemption for Historic Projects
 
I plan to reintroduce Rep. Dush's former HB761. This legislation exempts those projects owned or held by historic organizations or land conservancies from the Prevailing Wage Act.

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 pe 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.

Please consider co-sponsoring this important legislation.



Introduced as HB1506