Re “California will demand higher wages” (story, Oct. 9): I am confused.
Five bills the California state Democrats and governor (in coalition with unions) signed into effect include “prevailing wage rule” for contractors building housing.
1.That’s not new. All “affordable housing” that included taxpayer money was already required by law to be prevailing wage.
2.Same bills say union contractors paying prevailing wage will get to “bypass environmental review.”
3. State Democrats set up environmental review laws but now lay them aside for unions.
4. State legislators and governor now demand private development contractors pay prevailing wage. The price of everything private contractors now build will rise drastically.
5. Wages are based on an area's cost of living. Prevailing wage in Fresno for a carpenter is $68.07 an hour; drywallers, $69.66 an hour just to name two.
6.What does this mean to the taxpayer? Forget environmental concerns. More taxpayer-funded housing equals higher taxes. If private contractors survive, cost of privately funded housing will go up drastically. The availability of lower-cost, privately funded housing will disappear. “Union argues …benefits outweigh higher cost of construction.”
Thanks, Democrats, for your concern for the voting citizens of California.
Diana Mulligan, Fresno