Frank Manzo IV: Lawmakers should consider the social cost of construction wage cuts

According to the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA), state legislators and Gov. Scott Walker may soon act to cut the wages of private construction workers by as much as 44 percent. States that repeal their prevailing wage laws see lower productivity, less efficiency, more safety problems and on-the-job fatality rates, and more spending on social assistance programs for construction workers — all while exporting more of their construction jobs and tax dollars out of state.

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