Repeal Pa. prevailing wage law
TO THE EDITORS:
John Herr hit the nail on the head in his letter, April 23, "Repeal wage law to fund Pa. roads." This law has been outdated for over 20 years and should be repealed.
Just a few facts as to what this law does to the taxpayers: This law forces every contract that the state, local governments and all school districts must pay to have work done that is over $25,000 an extra 20 percent in labor costs. If the state does $1 billion worth of work, this law requires the taxpayers to pay an extra $120 million in labor costs.
As John Herr pointed out, how many more bridges and roads could be repaired for that $120 million. Maybe 120 new bridges at a cost of $1 million each could be replaced.
State Rep. Mike Sturla should care because much of that $120 million is coming out of his constituents' pockets. If he is concerned, he would help those senators and representatives pass a bill repealing the Prevailing Wage Law now.
And don't let those opposing the repeal say it is for quality, because about 13 percent of the total cost is for architect and engineering fees that supervise every contract for quality.
How many Pennsylvanians could be put back to work for $120 million?
Howard L. Snoke