Lawmaker 1961 Law Inflates Cost Of Government Projects

05.27.09 | FL News Team

A 48-year-old Pennsylvania law artificially inflates taxpayer funded construction projects. So says Lancaster Republican Senator Mike Brubaker, who wants a three-year moratorium on enforcement of the Prevailing Wage Law.

Aggie Brose, Executive Director of the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, confirms the 1961 law can add up to 40-thousand dollars to the construction cost of a home in Garfield. However, she says her group has avoided passing the increased labor costs onto low income home buyers by securing earmarks from Senators Mike Doyle and James Ferlo.

Bill 695, which seeks a three-year suspension of prevailing wage payments, is under consideration by the Senate Labor and industry committee.