January 13, 2010
Re: Urgent Prevailing Wage for Maintenance Road Projects on Governor’s Desk
A-4268/S-3095 would require prevailing wage for “maintenance related projects” that exceeds the scope of work and capabilities of in-house maintenance personnel, requires the solicitation of bids and has an aggregate value exceeding $50,000. It has passed both houses and now awaits final consideration by Governor Corzine.
We have strongly opposed this bill and are extremely concerned that this bill will increase the cost of public contracts and harm competitive contracting. In addition, during the legislative process we raised our concern for clarification of the definition and the purpose. Currently, the prevailing wage threshold for public works contracts for municipalities is $14,187. Any contract for public works over $14,187 requires prevailing wage. N.J.S.A. 34:11-56.26 defines public work as “construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration, custom fabrication or repair work or maintenance work, including painting and decorating….” We are concerned with the addition of “maintenance related projects” since it is undefined and the existing law currently covers maintenance projects.
We have asked the Governor for consideration of these concerns and requested that the bill be vetoed. Thus, we urge you to contact Governor Corzine at 609-292-6000 or by faxing 609-292-3454 to ask him to veto A-4268/S-3095.
If you wish to discuss further, please contact me at League headquarters at (609) 695-3481 ext. 122.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.