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State Aid Should Require Prevailing Wage – Hartford Courant Article – Written by Cindy Dubuque
The article “Liquor Importer To Bring 100 Jobs To Stamford” [Dec. 24, Business] reported that the state will provide a $5 million loan to the Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits company, which can be converted into a grant if the family keeps an average of 115 employees for two years. This money reportedly will be used to pay for renovations.
What went unnoted is the construction jobs created by this renovation project do not have to meet prevailing wage requirements. This means that the construction can be done for lower wages, which attracts out-of-state workers and low-skilled labor. In addition, there are no reporting requirements, so taxpayers will not know who works on the job.
We need to stop the practice of giving taxpayer dollars to bring in companies that do not invest in Connecticut construction workers. All state-funded projects, whether public or private, should be prevailing wage. If the state is interested in economic development and job creation, it should require companies who are using taxpayer dollars to pay the prevailing wage, which will increase competitive bidding and put more state workers on the job.
If a business is going to use our money, then they should play by our rules.
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