Things You Can Say When You're Spending Other People's Money
"If it increases costs to pay people a decent wage, so be it,"
Those are the words of Oakland County Commissioner Tim Greimel
, a Democrat (what a surprise). The concept is referred to as paying the "prevailing wage."
Greimel's proposal, which his fellow Democrats support, would require construction contractors on county projects to post and pay prevailing wages and benefits -- basically union scale -- as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor. Contractors also would be required to submit forms to the county showing how much they paid to whom.
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed, and the idea was shot down. Buying votes is expensive, and we taxpayers are running out of money, you know, times being what they are and all. And I think unions (including the one that I'm forced to belong to) have entirely too much power in this country.
Labels: Democrats, economy, labor unions