Thursday, March 5, 2015

Good For Nevada

From the Las Vegas Sun: A bill that would allow school districts to build or repair buildings without paying construction workers the prevailing wage is on its way to Gov. Brian Sandoval for consideration.
Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, argued unsuccessfully that “middle-class workers will take it on the chin...This is about lowering wages.”
Assemblyman Brent Jones, R-Las Vegas, said the measure “opens up the free market. It gets the most bang for our buck.”
Nevada law now requires the prevailing wage be paid on government projects. The prevailing wage for construction workers ranges from $40 to $50 an hour.
There should be no reason why there should be a prevailing wage should be law in the first place.  The prevailing wage should be the wage the employer and employee can work out.  The more experienced and valuable worker will still see higher wages as someone who does not have the experience.
All the prevailing wage does is give gifts to the unions and it sucks for the taxpayer who have to foot the bill.

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