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In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Jesse Hathaway, managing editor of Budget & Tax News speaks with Matt Mayer. Mayer, a Heartland policy advisor, is president of Opportunity Ohio as well as Chief Operating Officer of the Liberty Foundation. Mayer joins Hathaway to help explain the world of prevailing wage and project labor agreements (PLAs).
Prevailing wage and project labor agreements tend to jack up the price of taxpayer-funded government projects. Mayer says PLAs and prevailing-wage laws increase the cost of government construction projects by 20 percent or so, and work to keep non-union contractors from being selected for projects.