Economic Development

Repeal Washington State's Prevailing Wage Law and Stop Catering to Labor Unions

Do not require a "prevailing wage" for bidders of government projects. Stop catering to labor unions. This artificially inflates the price of projects up to 3 times. There are many people who can live comfortably and without state assistance for much less than the prevailing wage. These people are very qualified and skilled, simply out of work. In many instances there will be two or three people willing to work for the cost of 1 labor union employee or 1 "prevailing wage worker”. By doing away with the mandated prevailing wage, unemployment will drop, state funded unemployment benefits will drop, state spending will increase, tax revenue will increase and government projects will cost at least a third less. STOP CATERING TO LABOR UNIONS.

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