The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 7, 2013

Eliminating prevailing wage laws


By eliminating the prevailing wage, our government will be more efficient. Repealing the prevailing wage will allow local governments to provide more services, require lower tax rates from citizens, or both. With this repeal, there will be a debate over what to do with the cost savings. The left may wish to expand government programs, which could be done at no additional cost. The right may wish to decrease the tax burden. And in fact, we may see different decisions from local governments and school boards across the state that benefit from this law change.

This is a debate we should relish having -- what to do with cost savings from our more-efficient government. There will be controversy and differences of opinion on that. But repealing the prevailing wage shouldn't be controversial. We need our lawmakers to make our government more efficient by repealing the prevailing wage.

n Matthew Rousu is an associate professor of economics at Susquehanna University. He blogs at

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