SENATE VOTES TO REVOKE LOCALITIES’ RIGHT TO MANDATE FAIR PAY FOR WORKERS

HB 1371 would limit localities’ ability to set pay, benefit requirements in public contracts

RICHMOND — This afternoon, the Senate passed Del. Jackson Miller’s (R - Manassas) HB 1371 in a party-line vote. The bill would revoke localities’ existing authority to require that contractors offer wages or benefits that exceed the minimum levels laid out in state and federal law.

Said Sen. Adam Ebbin (D - Alexandria), “At a time when Virginia seeks to create good jobs through economic incentives, we should not straitjacket localities by limiting their ability to ensure that local contracting jobs are fairly compensated. This partisan bill would hold them back.”

Said Sen. Dave Marsden (D - Fairfax), “Localities have the right to require that contractors pay an appropriate wage. Appropriate wages mean quality work; quality work is what drives good public service, and to count on all contractors to do the right thing as opposed to lowballing contracts to provide the least cost possible is horrendous public policy.”

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