I’m happy to see my soon-to-be state senator forcefully advocating this reform.
Yes, difficult budgetary decisions will have to be made, but the decision to eliminate the antiquated prevailing wage requirement need not be one of them. Good government demands this common sense reform.The prevailing wage is an artificially inflated wage that by state statute applies to nearly all public works projects in Wisconsin. It is a wage determined by a government bureaucracy, not by true competition in the marketplace. It is protectionism at its worst that unnecessarily costs local taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.