Thursday, March 28, 2013

Reardon testifies against legislative ban on prevailing wage


Unified Government Mayor/CEO Joe Reardon testified today against House Bill 2069, a piece of legislation that would prohibit local governments from requiring prevailing wage to be paid in public works projects.

In his testimony to the Kansas Legislature, Reardon said prevailing wage and "supplier diversity" requirements have helped economic development in Wyandotte County, not hurt it.

"The prevailing wage and supplier diversity requirements fit the nature of our community and are supported by our citizens," Reardon said. "They have encouraged economic success, not hurt it. The Unified Government has been recognized as one of the most business friendly local governments in the Kansas City region by Ingram’s Business magazine.  There was $600-million in commercial development in Kansas City, Kansas from 2010-2012.  We strongly believe that these policy decisions are best made on the local level and not at the State level.”

The Unified Government as a whole supports prevailing wage, according to a news release from the city.

Debate on the bill is expected to occur in the Kansas Senate on April 1.