I’m willing to bet that the McHenry County College Board room will be packed with the hall crowded for the consideration of a resolution to
“urge the Illinois State elected officials representing the McHenry County College attendance area to create and p;ass legislation to repeal Illinois’ Prevailing Wage Act”
The resolution will be considered after the annual consideration of a resolution state law says every local government must pass.
After defeating it last year, the McHenry County Board passed it this year.
The resolution asking for repeal follows:
WHEREAS, the McHenry County College District #528 Board of Trustees is responsible for advocating to the Illinois state elected officials representing the McHenry County College attendance area in matters that have an impact on the College; and
WHEREAS, the Prevailing Wage Act inhibits competition by artificially setting wages that would otherwise reduce the cost of McHenry County College construction projects; and
WHEREAS, the Prevailing Wage Act causes increased costs which reduces the amount of repair and replacement projects McHenry County College is able to afford; and
WHEREAS, comparison of Bureau of Labor Statistics mean hourly wages for the McHenry County Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) to the Prevailing Wages mandated by the Illinois Department of Labor show that “prevailing” wages average more than 30% higher than market-set wages; and
WHEREAS, 18 states presently have no Prevailing Wage laws, soon to be 19 when Indiana’s repeal takes effect on July 1, 2015; and
WHEREAS, legislators in four other states are having public discussions or have filed bills to repeal their state’s prevailing wage laws; and
WHEREAS, Illinois Governor Rauner has called for eliminating Illinois’ prevailing wage law, claiming from 2002 to 2011 Illinois “overspent by $1.2 billion on education projects alone because of the state’s prevailing wage law.”; and
WHEREAS, the Prevailing Wage Act harms McHenry County College students and staff by requiring unnecessary excess expenditure of funds that would be better spent on instructional needs;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MCHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT 528, MCHENRY COUNTRY, ILLINOIS, AS FOLLOWS:
We urge the Illinois state elected officials representing the McHenry County College attendance area to create and pass legislation to repeal Illinois’ Prevailing Wage Act.