BILLS PREVENTING PREVAILING WAGE FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS REPORT FROM SENATE COMMITTEE

Richmond, Va.  This afternoon, two bills aiming to prevent localities and state agencies from requiring that a prevailing wage be paid in their public work and procurement processes – HB145 and HB264 – reported from the Senate General Laws Committee on a straight party line vote.

Said Senator Jeremy McPike (D-Prince William), “Localities need to have the authority to set their own wages for public works projects. This is a governance issue: the state government should not be dictating what localities can and cannot do.”

Said Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), “Dictating what localities can and cannot set in terms of their procurement practices, preventing them from doing what they need to do in order to attract the best and most qualified craftsmen, is doing those localities a disservice.”

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