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PSATS Continues to Push for Prevailing Wage, Flood Mitigation Legislation

Friday September 21st, 2012

PSATS continues to urge legislators to consider two important issues before ending their 2011-2012 legislative session: prevailing wage reform and flood mitigation proposals to make gravel bar removal easier.

Prevailing wage reform includes the following measures:

  • House Bill 1329 (PN 3097) would increase the current prevailing wage threshold from $25,000 to $185,000 (to adjust the nearly 50-year-old limit for inflation) and update this amount annually to reflect the Consumer Price Index;
  • House Bill 1685 (PN 2469) would require the state Department of Labor and Industry to develop a complete list of worker classifications and pay rates based on organized labor sources and relevant occupational classifications; and
  • House Bill 1271 (PN 2467) would amend the Prevailing Wage Act to clarify the definition of “maintenance work” on roads, highways, and bridges. The bill would exclude the following from compliance with the act: the replacement of guiderails and curbs, pavement overlays of up to 3 inches, road widening that does not result in additional lanes, and bridge cleaning and resurfacing.

PSATS continues to encourage all township officials to contact their legislators and educate them about the extra costs you pay to comply with the prevailing wage. Together, the Association and its members can get prevailing wage reform accomplished, but we must act now.

Flood mitigation legislation includes the following measure:

  • House Bill 2359 (PN 3507) would address a PSATS resolution and make it easier for townships to remove impediments, such as gravel bars, from streams before flooding occurs. This bill passed the House this spring. However, it is stalled in the Senate because the state Department of Environmental Protection is opposing the changes, which would not cost the state a dime.

This legislation would greatly ease the bureaucratic hoops that townships must jump through to perform these simple tasks and allow voluntary cleanups to better manage flood waters. Please urge your senators to support this important flood-control bill. Also, let them know that you
support these proactive reforms to prevent flooding before it occurs.