‘Little Davis-Bacon’ Laws Hurt Construction Employees and Taxpayers
The Kansas City Star reports today that Missouri legislators are considering a modest revision in the way â€œprevailing wagesâ€ on state and local tax-funded construction are calculated.
The proposed change could help taxpayers get a somewhat better return on their dollar, but a much better move would be to scrap altogether the â€œlittle Davis-Baconâ€ law that imposes so-called â€œprevailing wagesâ€ on public works.
An op-ed I drafted last summer for Show-Me State newspapers explains how Missouriâ€™s and other state laws modeled on the federal Davis-Bacon Act â€œpromote wasteful work rules, featherbedding and, all too often, outright corruption.â€ Even worse, Davis-Bacon laws â€œundermine construction employeesâ€™ Right to Work by requiring all contractors on taxpayer-funded projections, union and nonunion alike, to submit to rigid job classifications, work rules, and wage rates that are, in reality, union-dictated.â€
The whole op-ed can be read here:Â ‘Prevailing Wage’ Law a Bad Deal for Taxpayers and Most Workers…