The McHenry County Board passed a Prevailing Wage ordinance at last Tuesday’s meeting.
Before the 20-3 vote, McHenry Republican Chuck Wheeler said the following:
Prevailing wages are hourly minimum wages placed on government contracts for public work.
This means that if the government funds any part of a project, contractors are required to meet wages set by the Illinois Department of Labor.
These workers are paid more than their private-sector counterparts, who are some of the very people footing the bill for these artificially high wages.
These wages are generally higher than market-rates, and because they are mandated, they stifle competition and discourage contractors from competitively bidding on projects.
This is unfair for multiple reasons:
- First, it causes more burdensome taxes on the people of McHenry County.
- Second, it denies us choices to properly manage taxpayer dollars in an
artificial economic environment.
- And finally, it reduces funds to spend on other vitally important initiatives.
Prevailing wage legislation is a leg of the Political Machine in Illinois.
Political insiders get their special deals and favors in state and local government by providing generous campaign funding to those in office, helping them maintain their seats of power. Unions are able to provide that funding through the dues they charge rank and file members.
The more rank and file union members make the more dues the union collects to distribute to the campaigns of their choice.
That is were prevailing wage legislation is helpful.
The problem is public sector workers’ paychecks are funded by taxpayers who pick up the bill – taxpayers who are already paying the highest property tax rates in the nation.
Meanwhile, home values are declining and interest rates increasing.
As your representative, I have to point out injustices when I see them.
The Prevailing Wage law is an unjust law which needs to be changed by our General Assembly in Springfield.
I will never vote or it while I sit on this board.
Bad laws have bad consequences. Bad laws punish good people.
And this bad law punishes the taxpayers of our county!
Bottom line we in McHenry County can’t afford the luxury of paying double
to fund capitol projects just so we can say “we pay Chicago high price
Remember the governments that tout these laws don’t have
Triple A ratings they have junk bond ratings and are tittering on insolvency.
Unlike the public-sector unions, we have to be able to do more with less!
These laws actually reduce employment and stagnate growth.
I urge my fellow board members to do the right thing vote against this unjust law and
represent those who truly need you the most … the taxpayers of McHenry County!