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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 22, 2019 05:06 PM
From: Senator Gene Yaw
To: All Senate members
Subject: Legislation to Increase the Prevailing Wage Threshold
 
In the near future, I will re-introduce legislation, Senate Bill 333 of 2017-18 session, which will raise the threshold of the Prevailing Wage Act from $25,000 to $185,000.

The Prevailing Wage Act requires that all public bodies pay the prevailing minimum wage, as determined by the Secretary of Labor and Industry, to workmen on a “public works project”. A “public work” is defined in the Act as any construction, repair, demolition, or alteration paid for in whole (or in part) out of the funds of a public body where the total estimated cost exceeds $25,000.

It is important to note that the prevailing wage threshold has not changed since the 1960’s and that there is no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the threshold in current law. At today’s cost levels, the $25,000 prevailing wage threshold virtually applies to every infrastructure project.

Thank you for your consideration and please contact my office if you have any questions regarding this proposed legislation.



Introduced as SB318