The Commonwealth Foundation joined a coalition of organizations – including business groups, boroughs, and school boards – calling for reforming Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage law. Specific proposals include:
- Sun setting or eliminating prevailing wages from school construction, road and highway work, and all other taxpayer-funded programs;
- Giving each municipality the option to pay the prevailing wage or the occupational market based wage for their area;
- Updating the prevailing wage threshold (which has not been raised since 1961) to an amount equivalent to today’s dollars; and
- Establishing the use of the occupational wage rate gathered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry as the clear and uniform statutory definition of the prevailing pay rate.