Prevailing Wages Protect the Integrity of Projects With no Increase to the Taxpayer

Source: BuildingStrongCommunities

Prevailing wage protects communities from unnecessary costs over the lifetime of a project. Research shows that lowering local standards for construction wages tends to attract a lower skilled, out-of-area workforce which results in large productivity losses on the construction project. These workers require more supervision and their work often needs additional review and repair before it can be deemed safe and secure.

Communities also may lose revenue through lower tax income that’s a result of local worker wages, which will also force taxpayers to subsidize the social services costs for low-wage workers eligible for government assistance.


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