Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The origins of prevailing wage laws ...

There is a push by some to repeal Pennsylvania's prevailing wage rates.  This is a good thing for many reasons.  Before getting into the reasons (I will be doing this over the next few days), it's good to remind people of the origins of these laws.  


That's what prompted lawmakers to pass prevailing wage laws.  Here's the Wikipedia page for the Davis-Bacon act ... 

A quote from that page:

"John J. Cochran of Missouri reported that he had "received numerous complaints in recent months about southern contractors employing low-paid colored mechanics getting work and bringing the employees from the South".[7] Representative Clayton Allgood, reported on "cheap colored labor" that "is in competition with white labor throughout the country".[7][26] [27]"

Racism.  This law was passed by sleazy racists.  Don't forget that when you see lawmakers defending this law.

When left-wing groups try to tell you things like "Consistent with the original rationale for establishing prevailing laws" (As the Keystone group claims) you now know that the original reason for this law was to keep African Americans from competing with white workers.  That also should be enough information for you to realize you shouldn't trust anything these groups say about prevailing wage laws.

More on prevailing wages later this week ...

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