Prevailing Wage

“Prevailing Wage” refers to a government practice of paying more for construction workers than any other employer. It’s great for construction companies, which apply their profit percentages to the total cost of each project, and great for construction workers, of course. It’s not so great for taxpayers, who have to pay extra to get government buildings built. Some say that if prevailing wage law was repealed, our school districts could build five schools for every four they build today.

The US Department of Labor describes the federal “prevailing wage” law here; Nevada’s government describes the state version here.

The Review Journal describes why it’s a bad idea in this 2000 editorial. National voices agree.

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