Press Release: Missouri Chamber applauds passage of legislation that exempts public schools from prevailing wage laws

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri House has perfected House Bill 34, legislation that establishes the School Construction Act, which exempts construction and maintenance work done for certain school districts from the prevailing wage rate requirement upon the school board’s approval.

The Missouri Chamber supports this legislation, sponsored by Rep. Casey Guernsey.

“At a time when our state is struggling to fund our education system, it makes simple sense not to further strangle schools by mandating artificially inflated wage rates,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber President and CEO.

The Missouri Chamber has a long-standing position against prevailing wage mandates and will further advocate that this practice be applied to all public projects. 

“Prevailing wage is a product of a bygone era.  The policy mandates an arbitrary level of wage-setting on public projects,” Mehan said.  “That mandate is costing taxpayers far greater costs for public projects. In some areas of the state, it could nearly double the wage level on taxpayer-funded projects compared to wages for other local construction projects.”

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.mochamber.com) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business organization in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers, providing more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry understands that the quality of life in our state depends on quality jobs for Missourians. To that end, we have one simple mission: to protect and advance Missouri business.

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