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Repeal Missouri’s Prevailing Wage Laws Now! (Guest: MO State Rep. Warren Love)

May 3, 2018

Prevailing wage laws are bleeding taxpayers dry by removing competition between private contractors. Missouri State Rep. Warren Love discusses an effort to help taxpayers get more bang for their bucks.

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with MO state Rep. Warren Love (R- Osceola) about a bill under consideration by the state General Assembly that would help taxpayers get more bang for their bucks.

This bill would repeal the prevailing wage law, but Love says time is running short for the bill’s approval.

Love says prevailing wage laws require private contractors to pay union wages and benefits on government-funded construction projects, such as schools or roads. The prevailing wage becomes the mandated minimum wage for all government-contracted workers, he says, and any contractor paying less faces fines or loss of the contract.

Love says prevailing wage laws increase construction projects costs without bringing additional public benefit, inhibit competition, encourage waste, and breed cronyism. Repealing the law would allow public works projects to be subject to the same economic forces that make private-sector construction projects more cost-effective for everyone involved.

Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH