CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Franklin County officials and state lawmakers discussed a wide range of key issues during a Franklin County Council of Governments gathering Tuesday.
Some of the talking points included:
Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher told the legislators he feels the 1950 law is antiquated and unnecessary. Prevailing wage governs payments to workers and provides city-type wages to construction employees across Pennsylvania for government projects.
“It’s time,” Christopher said. “We don’t need this law. It costs millions of dollars for nothing in return.”
State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland, said he believes prevailing wage provisions can be changed but not eliminated.
“I’m talking about the political reality in Harrisburg,” he said.
“It’s not going to be an easy vote for a lot of members,” added state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, saying the unions can block votes.
Franklin County Area Development Corp. President L. Michael Ross said paying prevailing wage should be optional.
“Make it a local option, so if someone wants to spend 30 percent more on a school building they can,” he said.
Franklin County Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski said he disagrees with fellow Democrats regarding prevailing wage.
“I recognize prevailing wage does not lift the middle class in Franklin County,” he said.