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2013 Senate Bill 157: Repeal “prevailing wage” law
  1. Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on February 6, 2013, to repeal the state “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government contracts to contractors who submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays "prevailing wages," which are based on regional union pay scales that tend to be above the market rate.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on February 6, 2013.

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Re: 2013 Senate Bill 157 (Repeal “prevailing wage” law )  by harrynevus on February 13, 2013 

 What we (the public) will be paying for is Little Joey and Uncle Buck, with two shovels and a broken down backhoe and their sub-standard work, huge cost overruns, illegal hiring practices, jobs not done on time, jobs not done according to specs, dangerous working conditions, who leave the state and change their names the day before the inspectors show up.  We end up bidding it again and paying three times what it would have cost if we had hired reputable companies paying prevailing wages to employees with the training and experience to get the job done within budget and on time.  Good people and good companies that invest in their employees and equipoment don't come cheap, but they're far more efficient than the low-wage fly-by-night low-bid jokers that you'll get if this law passes.  Besides, we shouldn't pride ourselves paying paupers' wages to people doing the work of the People, like building bridges, schools, hospitals, etc. because we'll only get what we pay for.



2013 Senate Bill 157 (Repeal “prevailing wage” law )  by admin on February 13, 2013 
Introduced in the Senate on February 6, 2013

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