[RELEASE] SENATE DEMOCRATS: WE SHOULD BUILD SCHOOLS WITHOUT SLASHING NEVADA FAMILIES’ PAYCHECKS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2015
SENATE DEMOCRATS: WE SHOULD BUILD SCHOOLS WITHOUT SLASHING NEVADA FAMILIES’ PAYCHECKS
CARSON CITY - Today, Senate Democrats voted unanimously against Senate Bill 119, a bill that would remove fair wage laws that protect construction workers on publicly funded school construction projects. Senate Democrats previously offered a bipartisan alternative, SB 106, that would allow for school construction without changing fair wage laws. Democrats also offered an amendment on the floor that would keep protections for construction workers in place. Senate Republicans unanimously voted against that amendment.
Senator Aaron D. Ford, Democratic Leader, made the following statement after the passage of the bill:
“This bill hijacks a bipartisan idea and forces a politically inspired pay cut for the middle class families that are the backbone of Nevada’s construction industry. It will drive skilled workers out of state and put Nevada contractors and small businesses out of business. We can put schools first without putting Nevada’s construction workers and their families last.”
When SB 119 was heard in the Senate Government Affairs Committee, there was overwhelming testimony against it. Contractors, construction workers, and small business owners testified that SB 119 would drive workers out of state, allow out-of-state contractors to underbid Nevada businesses, and lead to lower quality schools.
Studies have shown that suspending prevailing wage laws does not lead to any cost savings for taxpayers, and may risk actually raising costs due to lower worker productivity and later repairs for lower quality workmanship.