Joint Statement – ABC and Unshackle Upstate: Assemblyman Bronson Dodges Call for Transparency in Sponsored Prevailing Wage Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2019
Contact: Amanda Bertram (518) 469-1507
At a recent press event, Assemblyman Harry Bronson (D-Rochester) referred to questions about how the State’s Department of Labor calculates prevailing wage a “deflection” to his efforts to expand the definition of public work to include private development projects.

In response Brian Sampson, President of the Empire Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate Michael Kracker released the following joint statement:

“Assemblyman Bronson’s flippant dismissal of legitimate concerns regarding how New York’s prevailing wage is calculated is just another reason why it would be deeply irresponsible to hastily include this proposal in the budget. This type of disregard for transparency may be standard practice in Albany, but taxpayers, business owners and hardworking New Yorkers deserve better.

We have consistently pointed out that this deeply flawed proposal will dramatically increase construction costs and result in less construction and fewer jobs. If the
Assemblyman and other supporters disagree, they should open up the books and allow taxpayers to see what they’re getting for their money.”

What New York Press is saying about Prevailing Wage:

The New York Daily News Editorial Board: The price of prevailing wage: Requiring far higher wages for affordable housing development will inflate public costs or depress the number of units

AMNY Editorial Board: Don’t rush a new law for prevailing wage on construction projects

New York Post Editorial Board: Naked politics is driving Albany Democrats

Newsday Editorial Board: “Expanding prevailing wage requirements is best left out of the budget…”

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