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AFP-CT Calls on Mayor Rohde to Rebid School Construction Project

April 05, 2013

HARTFORD – Americans for Prosperity-Connecticut is calling on Meriden Mayor Michael Rohde to rebid the Maloney High School project without the Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Bids for the project have come in 9 million dollars over budget.

“In these tough economic times, letting the cost of a project increase by 9 million dollars to satisfy a political agenda is just wrong,” said AFP-CT State Director, JR Romano. “Meriden residents need to stand up and demand the mayor open the bidding process and allow the free market do what it does best, which will lower the price tag on this school project.”

Last year, Mayor Michael Rohde cast a tie-breaking vote mandating a PLA for the $108 million dollar Maloney high school renovation. A PLA often limits bidding competition and thereby increases the cost of the project.

“I encourage all Meriden residents to reach out to Mayor Michael Rohde and let him know that this project needs to stay within its budget,” added Romano. “If Connecticut families and businesses can stay within a budget and even cut back when needed, this project can do the same.”

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