7 Reasons U.S. Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should


By Scott Beyer – Here are some particularly costly ones:

1. Davis-Bacon Laws – Passed in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act mandates that laborers for federal public works projects receive local prevailing wages. Meant to elevate the pay of carpenters and mechanics, the law today dubiously elevates costs.

The Labor Department determines these wages not through comprehensive Bureau of Labor Statistics data, but a special bureaucracy called the Wage and Hour Division. It is known for conducting byzantine local pay studies that delay construction, and favor union wage scales. more> http://tinyurl.com/lhw3m8l

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