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Posted on 04/08/2019 10:56:04 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Quad City residents are now witnessing the creation of an architectural marvel with the construction of the new Interstate-74 bridge. Two of the worlds largest mobile cranes are employed in the project, along with hundreds of workers, and we are now seeing the concrete base of the center arch rise out from the river bottoms.
This remarkable project is made possible by a federal and state government funding partnership that guarantees a dignified wage to the men and women who have been working throughout this brutally cold winter. Called "Davis-Bacon" protections, they were named after two Depression-era Republican congressmen who wanted to make sure that federal investments in infrastructure projects stimulate local economies and create local jobs.
Federal rules require contracts be awarded to the "lowest responsible bidder." Cities, schools, and counties also award contracts this way to protect taxpayers and prevent graft and other corruption. Before Davis-Bacon was passed in 1931, members of Congress noticed that many of the contracts they had secured for their home districts were not using local workers. Construction companies undervalued the labor costs in order to meet the lowest bidder standard and land the contract. When the work needed to be done, contractors brought in migrant workers from low-wage states to complete the local projects. This resulted in the opposite of congressional intent of using infrastructure projects to stimulate local economies.
No one then or now would argue that taxpayer funds for public infrastructure projects should be inadvertently used to drive down workers wages. Once the Davis-Bacon law was passed, it has since set a wage floor so that instead companies are competing on productivity, efficiency and the quality of work they provide, not on their ability to hire unethical subcontractors who exploit workers.
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an architectural marvel with the construction of the new Interstate-74 bridge.
And the Democrat graft made it cost twice as much.
And the union goons get another windfall.
‘Guessing “Quad Cities” are important, but never heard of ‘em...
Davenport IA, Moline IL (John Deere world HQ), Rock Island IL (Think “Rock Island Line” song) and Bettendorf IA.
About 400,000 people metro.
On the Mississippi River about 3 hours due West of Chit-caw-go.
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