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April 14, 2009 2009-260 Resolution Opposing Proposed Changes to Wisconsin Prevailing Wage Law

Resolution Opposing Proposed Changes to Wisconsin Prevailing Wage Law

Whereas, Governor Doyle’s proposed biennial state budge, AB 75, proposes to make the prevailing wage law applicable to any public work contract over $2,000; and

Whereas, under the current law the prevailing wage requirements only apply to multiple trade public works projects over $234,000 and single trade public works project over $48,000; and

Whereas, reducing the threshold to $2,000 will increase the cost of small public works projects previously exempted from the prevailing wage requirement; and

Whereas, the cost increase to pay prevailing wages on all public works projects over $2,000 will force municipalities to reduce the number of and/or size of public works projects or raise taxes to meet the increased costs, which is an increased burden on property taxpayers; and

Whereas, the Governor’s proposed state budget also for the first time proposes to make the prevailing wage law applicable to private projects that receive public financing; and

Whereas, the requirement to pay prevailing wage on all public works projects over $2,000 will take away the competitive advantage that many smaller local contractors have on smaller public works projects over larger contractors from outside the immediate community, thus hurting the local economy in these communities while still increasing the costs of these projects; and

Whereas, the proposed changes to the prevailing wage law in the state budget are non-fiscal policy changes that only affect local government and should be introduced as a separate legislative bill rather than be included in the state budget; and

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the board of the Town of Dodgeville, Iowa County opposes the changes to the prevailing wage law included in Governor Doyle’s state budget proposal, AB 75, and hereby urges the Wisconsin State Legislature to remove these items from the budget bill.

Adopted this 14th day of April, 2009

Curt Peterson, Town Chairman
David Thomas, Town Supervisor
David Gollon, Town Supervisor
Thomas Mueller, Town Supervisor
Charles Price, Town Supervisor

This is to certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted April 14th, 2009.

Sara J. Olson, Clerk-Treasurer


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