AFP-Wisconsin Encourages Legislature to Pass Prevailing Wage Reform

Apr 24, 2017 by AFP

Senate Bill 216 would eliminate Wisconsin’s prevailing wage laws.

MADISON – Earlier today, the Wisconsin Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform held a public hearing regarding the repeal of the state’s prevailing wage laws. Prevailing wage laws mandate that contractors are paid based on rates decided by unions rather than the free market.

Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin State Director Eric Bott issued the following comment:

“Legislators in Wisconsin should see the opportunity to repeal prevailing wage laws as a win for both taxpayers and the state. The free market should dictate construction costs rather than union bosses. This is a perfect opportunity for Wisconsin’s lawmakers to protect taxpayers, control government spending, and strengthen a fair and free market in our state. Prevailing wage laws allow construction costs to drift upward unchecked, forcing the state and taxpayers to spend more. These laws also can limit the ability of a small business to compete for government work. We urge the legislature to fast track Senate Bill 216 and repeal Wisconsin’s prevailing wage laws.”

Earlier this year, Bott co-authored a piece along with Concerned Veterans for America’s Mark Lucas, focusing on the costs of prevailing wage laws.

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