Most JeffCo Reps Vote Against Prevailing Wage Repeal

15 Mar

One of the major union-related issues the Missouri Legislature has looked at in recent years is prevailing wage laws, which regulate and inflate what construction workers are paid for work on public construction projects. The state House passed a bill Tuesday to repeal these laws. The bill now moves to the House. According to the Post-Dispatch:

Supporters of the repeal say getting rid of the labor rule would save taxpayer dollars and make it less complicated to get government projects underway. Opponents say the law would essentially take money out of workers’ pockets.

According to MissouriNet:

A sticking point with many Republicans which represent rural districts is that contractors don’t report their wages paid, and worker pay is then skewed toward urban areas where the cost of living and wages are much higher.

The bill passed the House with 89 votes, as 20 Republicans voted no. That includes four Jefferson County GOP representatives: Elaine Gannon, Becky Ruth, Shane Roden, and Dan Shaul. Democrats Ben Harris and Mike Revis also voted no. The only JeffCo rep to support the bill was Majority Leader Rob Vescovo.

This is another example of how, even as the GOP has taken over the county, local politicians still generally side with unions, although not unanimously as they once did.

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2 Responses to “Most JeffCo Reps Vote Against Prevailing Wage Repeal”

  1. George Thompson March 15, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    My MO Senator Paul Weiland is safely embedded in union pockets. Once I learned this about him, I quit voting in his favor. Happily, my MO Representative is Mr. Vescovo who still is on my favorites list. Sadly he is also the only MO Republican on it, as I neither appreciate the RINOs representing MO-3 and in the US Senate as these 2 squishes list as often to the left as they do to the right. I did vote for Greitens as he was definitely better than Nixon’s favored; however, I reserve the right to change my mind. If the efforts to oust Greitens succeeds I will judge Parsons or whoever the Republican candidate happens to be on his or her merits. Hawley is likely to get my vote if he prevails in the primary. However, so will any Republican running against Claire, as she only represents herself and the most recent former President.

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  2. Bob Hohmeier March 15, 2018 at 9:39 am #

    This would represent real savings to the working tax payers, as their dollar would go further. There are many non prevailing wage companies that do as good, if not better job than the ones government is currently hiring.

    On Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 8:55 AM, Jefferson County Penknife wrote:

    > JC Penknife posted: “One of the major union-related issues the Missouri > Legislature has looked at in recent years is prevailing wage laws, which > regulate and inflate what construction workers are paid for work on public > construction projects. The state House passed a bill Tue” >

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