Municipal Government Resolution Sample

(Name of Municipality)

RESOLUTION NO. __-___

A RESOLUTION OF THE (municipality) OF ________, COUNTY OF _______, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, URGING THE PENNSYLVANIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ELIMINATE OR AMEND THE STATE PREVAILING WAGE ACT (ACT 442 OF 1961).

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act requires that workers on public construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration, and/or repair projects with an estimated cost greater than $25,000 be paid a wage set by the Secretary of Labor and Industry rather than local market rates; and

WHEREAS, the prevailing wage rates set by the Secretary of Labor and industry are generally 5 to 20 percent higher than local market labor rates; and

WHEREAS, the cost and burden of these artificially inflated wages are borne by taxpayers in the form of higher construction costs and higher service costs than would otherwise be necessary; and

WHEREAS, local contractors often choose not to bid on prevailing wage projects due to the administrative and financial overhead required; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ CPI Inflation Calculator, $25,000 in 1963 dollars equals $190,174 in 2013 dollars; and

WHEREAS, current state law and regulations that determine prevailing wage rates are fundamentally vague and often favor collective bargaining agreements and union wages, which skews rates unnecessarily higher than they otherwise would have been if determined under alternative means; and

WHEREAS, associations of municipalities throughout the state have standing policies that urge the General Assembly to adopt common sense reforms to the Prevailing Wage Act including increasing the threshold, establishing clearer guidelines in the determination of wage rates, providing for a local option, or the complete repeal of the law; and

WHEREAS, HB 796 (Session of 2013) would, if adopted, increase the prevailing wage threshold; and

WHEREAS, HB 665 (Session of 2013) would, if adopted, expand the types of road maintenance projects that would be exempt from the Prevailing Wage Act requirements;

NOW, THERE, BE IT RESOLVED, the (Township, Borough, City or Authority) of _______, County of _______, supports meaningful and commonsense reforms to the Prevailing Wage Act, and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that _______ (municipality) urges the General Assembly to support and pass House Bills 796 and 665, as well as any other proposal that offers relief to Pennsylvania’s local governments from the burdens of the Prevailing Wage Act.

ADOPTED by the ________ (governing body of Council members, Supervisors or Commissioners) of _______ (municipality), County of ________, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this ___ day of _________. 20__.

ATTEST: (NAME OF MUNICIPALITY)

 

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Secretary (or Manager) Chairman (or President)