The SEA-SEIU 1984 Respond To The Veto Of SB 391, The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

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Concord, NH, July 28, 2014 – Earlier today, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed SB 391, which would have revitalized a legislative oversight committee for Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC) and called for the appointment of a director of juvenile justice services at SYSC.

Through the Bill, the inactive Juvenile Justice Advisory Board would be revived, strengthened in composition, and would be given more of an oversight role over the center.  SYSC management changed in 2012 and was placed under the State Director of Children, Youth & Families.

Employees testifying in support of this bill reported numerous concerns about the management of the institution, safety, financial irresponsibility, and employer retaliation. Most recently, on-campus arson and incidents involving youth to youth conflicts have also been reported.

In response to budget cuts, nine staff members at SYSC were reassigned in lieu of layoff (in most instances demoted) or laid off last week.  Six of the nine affected workers were teachers.  This action decimates the education department as a whole.

“We’ve talked with half of the affected employees so far,” said Sean Bolton, SEA/SEIU 1984 Grievance Representative. “Based on our initial analysis, SYSC management inappropriately applied the state’s personnel rules to every affected employee except for one part-time teacher.” SEA/SEIU 1984 will be investigating the matter and taking subsequent action to protect the workers in question.

“The situation at SYSC seems to go from bad to worse,” said Diana Lacey, President SEA/SEIU 1984. “There have been three rounds of significant lay-offs over the last five years; all following shifts in management, philosophy and employees speaking out about their concerns. SYSC seems to be a target for retaliation.  This bill would have leveled the debate and created a balanced approach to management oversight.”

“It’s interesting that the Governor who is the ‘education governor’ and all about special education would support the gutting of the education program.  I guess it’s fine for kids with special education needs who can afford it, but not necessary for these kids,” said Will Flowers sarcastically, one of the teachers who was not affected by the budget cuts.

The veto comes the same day Governor Hassan also vetoed another bill, HB 591, that would have improved management oversight statewide.

Governor Hassan’s Veto Message Regarding SB 391 (Juvenile Justice Advisory Board)

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CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan released the following message after vetoing SB 391 today:

“By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on July 28, 2014, I have vetoed Senate Bill 391, an act relative to the juvenile justice advisory board, the policies and procedures of the youth development center and a reduction in appropriation to the Sununu Youth Services Center.

“The original legislation was well intentioned; however, a last-minute decision in conference committee resulted in a bill that I cannot support. As passed, Senate Bill 391 fundamentally shifts New Hampshire juvenile justice policy in a direction that could too strongly emphasize incarceration. This shift raises serious concerns and merits significant public debate and discussion, which unfortunately the final version of this bill did not receive.

“At the direction of the legislature through Senate Bill 349 in 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services has been working to integrate the Division of Children, Youth and Families and Juvenile Justice. That integration has not always been smooth, and it has also been challenged by legislatively mandated budget cuts specific to the Sununu Center. But, as the legislature decided just two years ago, there is significant value in integrating our system for helping children in need, and moving away from an institutional/incarceration model to the extent possible.

“This bill would require a separate director of Juvenile Justice, equivalent to the director of the Division of Children, Youth and Families. The legislation requires that the director of Juvenile Justice also be the director of the Sununu Youth Services Center.

“My office, and the department, had worked hard with legislators and supported a compromise that would have clarified the membership and responsibilities of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and would have provided a meaningful opportunity for continued review and evaluation in the integration of these essential services.

“Unfortunately, this legislation abruptly reverses state policy by once again isolating juvenile justice services from other services to children and youth, and it goes a step further by emphasizing the “incarceration” component of these services. As a state, we recognize the potential long-term negative impacts of incarceration on the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.

“While institutionalization is sometimes unavoidable given the danger some youthful offenders represent to themselves and to others, as a state we have worked to increase community placements and reduce the length of stays for children at the Sununu Center. Of the 1400 children currently under the supervision of juvenile justice services, only about 60 are in the Sununu Center.  Yet, this legislation places the director of the Sununu Center in charge of all juvenile services. Such a fundamental shift in policy comes with a high cost to both children and taxpayers and would take New Hampshire in the wrong direction.

“The original legislation began as an effort to re-establish and clarify the responsibilities of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. That is an effort I do support, and I will work to implement to the extent possible that portion of the legislation through an Executive Order.

“In addition, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and I share a belief that we do need a fundamental examination of our juvenile justice system and the Sununu Center, especially as we prepare to return 17-year-olds to New Hampshire’s juvenile justice system. Therefore the Department of Health and Human Services will engage an independent, organization with national expertise to conduct a review of the Sununu Center and juvenile justice services, and to make recommendations on how we can improve our juvenile justice structure, management and policies.

“An integrated, community-based approach is both the most likely to help youthful offenders put their lives back on track, and the most cost-effective for the state. This bill would undo our efforts to move in that direction. Therefore, I have vetoed Senate Bill 391.”

State Employees Association Responds To The Governor’s Veto Of SB 591 (Bullying Bill)

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SEIU 1984 LogoConcord, July 28, 2014 – Earlier today, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed HB 591 which would have provided for a workplace free of abuse and a healthy, safe environment for state workers.

We are very disappointed in the Governor’s action.  HB 591 originated from SEA/SEIU 1984’s highest governing body in 2012 because the issue of worksite bullying is real and present across state agencies.

A committee of concerned members worked with legislators to draft the Bill.  State workers who had been on the receiving end of mistreatment provided hours of public testimony at legislative hearings and both chambers approved the bill. They also had several meetings with legislators following the hearings.

Governor Hassan has been opposed to this bill from its inception. She acknowledged there are workplace problems that are serious and yet has made only a token effort to address them on a permanent basis.

The Governor has the power to issue an Executive Order and truly lead a robust healthy workplace program that turns this situation around.  Yet, we have not seen a single draft policy or proposal come forward from the Governor’s Office in the two years that this legislation has been under consideration. Instead, the Governor’s solution was to direct the Dept. of Administrative Services to develop a “Respect in the Workplace” training for all managers and employees to view. This training consists of a PowerPoint presentation that is akin to classroom rules. It does not address or suggest remedies for the actions that are plaguing state workers in nearly every agency.

In her statement about the veto, the Governor said, “I have additionally heard numerous concerns from the business community, including the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, which opposed the bill and are concerned about the impact of such provisions if extended to private sector employers statewide.” This statement makes it clear that Governor Hassan is far less interested in the well-being of the public servants who carry out the business of the state than the interests of private industry. It is in stark contrast to her nearly instantaneous support of striking Market Basket employees.

This bill provided a decent framework from which the Governor could have made incredible progress on this issue. Instead we are just seeing more stalling tactics, this time couched as a favor to the BIA.

SEA/SEIU 1984 will be convening its governing body to discuss next steps related to the veto.

Kuster Urges House Colleagues to Pass the Bring Jobs Home Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) today released the following statement urging her colleagues to pass the Bring Jobs Home Act, which would help American companies bring back jobs that have been sent overseas. Kuster is a cosponsor of the legislation:

“I’m very disappointed the Bring Jobs Home Act has not yet advanced in the House. This common sense bill would eliminate tax incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas, and instead provide a tax credit to our great American companies working to bring jobs back home. I’m a proud cosponsor of this legislation, which would help create more vitally important jobs for New Hampshire workers. I urge my colleagues in the House to put aside petty party differences and vote to pass this legislation now.”

A member of the U.S. House Small Business Committee, Congresswoman Kuster has prioritized efforts to grow the economy and create jobs here at home. She helped unveil a “Make it in America” agenda that puts forth common sense proposals to help revitalize our manufacturing sector and help American companies succeed. She included the Bring Jobs Home Act in her Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Agenda, a blueprint based on meetings with Granite State residents, families, business owners, and others, that outlines a plan to foster innovation and create jobs in New Hampshire and around the country. Kuster also routinely visits small businesses and economic development projects across the state through her Congress-At-Your-Company series to hear how she can help support their success, and she’s hosted a series of job fairs in New Hampshire to match employers with job seekers.

Tell Governor Christie No Social Security or Medicare Cuts

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Hands off my social security Rally to Oppose Cuts to Social Security and Medicare earned benefits

As budget hawks once again turn up the pressure to balance the federal budget on the backs of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, activists demanding income security for New Hampshire’s seniors will take their case to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and GOP Leaders. Gov. Christie wants to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. Our rally is to tell Christie and GOP Leaders how important Social Security is to our communities and our lives.  Medicare and Social Security are earned benefits—not welfare—and seniors are counting on our leaders to protect these benefits, not cut them. New Hampshire Seniors deserve better New Hampshire’s economy is threatened by cuts to Social Security benefits which bring $4 billion to our local communities serving 270,000 residents each year.

In New Jersey, Social Security accounts for over $24 billion of spending into the economy for 1.5 million of its residents.Social Security provides a lifeline to beneficiaries, families, and the local businesses which serve them. While some in Washington claim America can’t afford programs like Social Security and Medicare, the truth is states like New Hampshire can’t afford to lose the economic benefits they provide to every community in the state.

WHO:          Volunteers with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Alliance for Retired Americans, the Granite State Organizing Project, and the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance

WHAT:        Rally to Oppose Cuts to Social Security and Medicare

WHEN:        Thursday, July 31 at 5:30pm

WHERE:     Fisher Cats Stadium, 1 Line Dr, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101

With millions of members and supporters across America, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is the nation’s #1 advocacy group fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare for all citizens from younger workers and baby-boomers to the nation’s 40 million seniors. The National Committee informs its members and other citizens about legislative and regulatory proposals, which will affect their working and retirement life. In turn, we take their concerns directly to the White House and the Congress with our staff of professional lobbyists and grassroots advocates.

For more information about the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare call 1-800-966-1935

The National Committee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization acts in the interests of its membership through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. The work of the National Committee is directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.

Governor Hassan Signs Paycheck Fairness Bill Into Law, Advocates And Legislators Applaud

Gov. Hassan Signs Paycheck Fairness  (image by Kary Jencks, NH Citizens Alliance)
Gov. Hassan Signs Paycheck Fairness  (image by Kary Jencks, NH Citizens Alliance)

Gov. Hassan Signs Paycheck Fairness (image by Kary Jencks, NH Citizens Alliance)

 Paycheck Fairness Act to become law January 1, 2015 

CONCORD, NH – Today Governor Maggie Hassan ceremoniously signed SB 207 and HB 1188, the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act into law. The Paycheck Fairness Act will eliminate loopholes, increase transparency in wages, and ensure that all workers have the appropriate tools and resources to help them earn a fair and equal paycheck, without fear of retaliation.

“Ensuring that women and men can earn equal pay for an equal day’s work isn’t just an issue of fairness, it’s essential to our economic future. I am proud to sign this common-sense, bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the economic security of hard-working Granite Staters and eliminate an unnecessary strain on New Hampshire families,” said Governor Maggie Hassan in a written statement.

“While paycheck fairness legislation remains stalled in our nation’s capital, here in New Hampshire we’ve shown once again that we can come together to expand middle class opportunity and move our economy forward. I want to thank Senator Larsen, Speaker Norelli and legislators from both parties for coming together to pass the most significant piece of legislation for women in New Hampshire’s workforce in over a decade,” concluded Gov. Hassan.

“Thank you to ​Governor Hassan, ​House Speaker Norelli​, and the members of the Legislature​ for reinforcing New Hampshire’s commitment to the fundamental principle of an equal day’s work deserves an equal day’s pay. ​The enactment of this new law affirms that we must ​continue our efforts to close the wage gap in New Hampshire,​” said Senator Sylvia Larsen.​ “With Governor Hassan signing SB 207 in law, New Hampshire ​is sending a crystal clear message that the ​State of New Hampshire is on the side of all workers guaranteeing a fair and equal paycheck, without fear of retaliation.​”​

Senate Bill 207 was cited by Senate and House Democrats as a top priority for the 2014 legislative session. SB 207 sponsors include all Senate Democrats along with House Speaker Terie Norelli, Rep. Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst), Rep. MaryAnn Knowles (D-Hudson), and Rep. Marjorie Porter (D-Hillsboro). HB 1188 sponsors included Rep. Chuck Weed (D-Keene), Rep. Michael Cahill (D-Newmarket), Rep. Larry Phillips (D-Keene), Rep. Doug Ley (D-Jaffrey), Rep. Marcia Moody (D-Newmarket), Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth).

“It’s distressing that, in the year 2014, women in New Hampshire, who are working full-time jobs, still earn only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. National studies have found that a pay gap exists between men and women in nearly every occupation,” said Larsen.​

“However, the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act will give women hard-working in today’s economy, the much-needed tools they need to combat the wage gap,” concluded Senator Larsen.​

NH Citizens Alliance for Action, Granite State Progress, and the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative applaud Governor Hassan for signing SB 207 and HB 1188, the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act into law.

“Ensuring equal pay for equal work is integral to the economic security of individuals and families,” said Kary Jencks, Executive Director of NH Citizens Alliance for Action. “On behalf of our 20,000 members, NH Citizens Alliance commends Governor Hassan and her progressive colleagues in the state legislature for passing the Paycheck Fairness Act and their continued efforts to build a New Hampshire that works for all of us.”

“Granite State Progress is proud to have worked with leaders like Governor Hassan, Senator Larsen, and Speaker Norelli to ensure that New Hampshire’s Paycheck Fairness Act became law,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress. “We commend the bipartisan support of our legislature to ensure the adoption of this legislation, and encourage our federal delegation to follow suit. This law will give employees the tools they need to challenge wage gaps and help create a climate where wage discrimination is no longer tolerated.”

“The New Hampshire Women’s Initiative is proud to have played a role in championing SB207,” said Mary Jo Brown, Chair of the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative. “We applaud the collaboration and consensus this bill promoted, and look forward to future work that will advance gender equality in both economic, social and political arenas.”

Shea-Porter Cosponsors Legislation to Fix SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) will help introduce legislation in response to the Supreme Court’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision to restrict women’s access to health care. The bill would ensure that women’s health care decisions are not at the mercy of their bosses’ religious beliefs.

“In the 21st century, for-profit corporations should not be allowed to block employees’ access to critical preventive health services like birth control,” Shea-Porter said. “I’m pleased that this legislation extends proper protection to religious employers and non-profit institutions, and I urge Congress to act now to avert the negative consequences of the Supreme Court’s disturbing decision and make clear that women and their doctors, not their bosses or politicians, have control over personal health care decisions.”

The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014 would explicitly prohibit for-profit employers that maintain a group health plan for its employees from using their personal religious beliefs as a justification to deny employees coverage of contraception or any other vital health service required by federal law. The bill exempts federally mandated health services from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act while keeping in place the existing exemption for religious employers (e.g., houses of worship) and accommodation of religious non-profits that do not wish to offer direct coverage for contraceptives.

The legislation will be introduced by Reps. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in the House, where Rep. Shea-Porter is an original cosponsor.  Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) are introducing companion legislation in the Senate.

Almost 100 percent of American women use birth control at some point in their lives. The Centers for Disease Control declared it one of the Ten Great Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century. For millions of Americans, contraception coverage is a vital economic and health benefit, allowing women and families to avoid unplanned pregnancies and treat other health conditions.

After the Hobby Lobby decision, Shea-Porter called the court’s all-male majority opinion “incredibly disappointing,” and noted that “this decision will only make some women’s lives even more difficult, and leaves me wondering what’s next from this activist Supreme Court.”

Congresswoman Kuster Statement on NH Department of Transportation Construction Delays Due to Lack of Federal Funding for Highway Trust Fund

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Kuster urges passage of her DRIVE Now Act, which would replenish the Highway Trust Fund and ensure NH summer construction projects can continue

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CONCORD, NH – This afternoon, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement regarding the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s  announcement that $25 million worth of summer construction projects will be delayed until next year due to uncertainty regarding the federal Highway Trust Fund, which is set to drop below a critical funding threshold by August, and completely run out of money before September unless Congress acts. Kuster has introduced the DRIVE Now Act, which would replenish the Trust Fund and allow vitally important summer construction projects in New Hampshire to continue.

“I’m very disappointed to learn that the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is being forced to push $25 million worth of summer construction projects back until next year due to uncertainty regarding the Highway Trust Fund,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “The Highway Trust Fund helps states complete much-needed road and infrastructure repairs, and here in New Hampshire these projects are vital to the safety of Granite State drivers. What’s more, our construction workers rely on these jobs during the busy summer construction season, so delaying these projects will hurt both our public safety and our state’s economy.”

“I have been urging Congress to take action since early this year. That’s why I introduced the DRIVE Now Act, which would replenish the Highway Trust Fund and allow these Granite State summer construction projects to continue. I’m very disappointed that Congress has failed to act on this, and I call on my colleagues to immediately pass my legislation so these projects that are so crucial to our economy will not face any additional delays.”

In May, Congresswoman Kuster introduced H.R. 4601, the DRIVE Now Act, which would ensure that the Highway Trust Fund remains solvent for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The Trust Fund, which provides crucial funding to states for transportation and infrastructure projects like the I- 93 expansion, which Kuster toured earlier this year, is expected to drop below a critical funding threshold by August.  Kuster’s DRIVE Now Act (Deficit Reduction for Infrastructure, Value, and Efficiency Now Act) would prevent the Fund from running dry and ensure our summer construction projects can continue.

The DRIVE Now Act would make a one-time payment of $5 billion to the Highway Trust Fund to pay for transportation projects for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2014, which ends September 30, 2014, and allow Congress time to pass a reauthorization to surface transportation programs.  At the same time, the bill would reduce the deficit by taking common sense steps to eliminate a costly and duplicative catfish inspection program, consolidate federal data centers, and force federal agencies to close long-empty bank accounts.  These combined actions would reduce spending by more than $10 billion, offsetting the $5 billion payment for the Highway Trust Fund, and further reducing the nation’s deficit.

Why It Is A Bad Idea For Teachers To Be “Packing Heat” At School

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It seems like every few weeks we are hearing about another school shooting or unstable individual attacking innocent people in the streets.

For some people the answer is always the same, more guns!

Fact: More guns do not mean people are safer. Research shows the exact opposite.

More Guns = More Accidental Shootings: People of all age groups are significantly more likely to die from unintentional firearm injuries when they live in states with more guns, relative to states with fewer guns.”

To counter the increase in schools shooting some school boards have approved allowing teachers to carry weapons in schools. Are you prepared for teachers in your local schools to be carrying concealed weapons, ready to shoot at any moment?

In 2012, less than one week after the horrific shootings at Newton, the NRA called for more guns in our schools. The American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, who represented the teachers at Sandy Hook and thousands more across the country, issued a statement.

AFT President Weingarten  (Photo by Bruce Gilbert)

AFT President Weingarten (Photo by Bruce Gilbert)

This is both irresponsible and dangerous. No matter how much money the NRA spends or propaganda it tries to spread, one thing is clear—the NRA is not serious about confronting the epidemic of gun violence in our nation.”

Schools must be safe sanctuaries, not armed fortresses. Anyone who would suggest otherwise doesn’t understand that our public schools must first and foremost be places where teachers can safely educate and nurture our students.”

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, Vice President of the National Education Association, completely rejects the idea, being pushing by legislators and school boards, of arming teachers.  As she phrased it, “People that would put our children, teachers, and janitors at risk do not deserve their office.”

Woman Shooting at Target (Image by Jimi Lanham CC Flickr)

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If you live in Kansas, armed teachers will very soon be a reality! They are already using taxpayer money to pay for training programs.

Read this, “Armed Missouri teachers will have ’90 percent’ accuracy, firearm instructors promise

I am personally appalled by this idea because I read every day about another person who is killed by accidental gun violence. I do not want to read about how a teacher accidentally shot their second grade student.

“Shield Solutions training supervisor Don Crowley vowed that his students would have an accuracy of 90 to 95 percent at the end of five days of training.”

Really? A 90% accuracy after just five days of training? Hogwash!

I will concede that someone who is training for five days straight may be able to pass a test with “90%” accuracy, but that does not mean that in a month, or a year, that those gun-wielding teachers will still have the same accuracy.

Consider this, a study of New York City police officers involved in a ‘fire fight’ have an accuracy rating of only 18%. These are trained professionals who go through rigorous weapons training, regular accuracy tests, and yet they only average 18%!

What makes anyone think that a one week training class for teachers would make them more accurate that the entire New York Police department? There is serious difference between standing on a range, firing bullets at a paper target, and a person holding a gun, that is pointed at you, and is shooting back.

31,000 Americans died from gunshot wounds in 2010, and another 73,000 Americans were hospitalized with non-fatal gunshot wounds.   “From 2005-2010, almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings.” Over 1,300 of those were people under the age of 25.

What about the teacher who is careless and leaves their gun in a desk, unlocked, unguarded, where children are definitely present? Do not lie to yourself by saying this would never happen, because you know it would only be a matter of time.

The New Yorkers Against Gun Violence reported:

“The majority of people killed in firearm accidents are under age 24, and most of these young people are being shot by someone else, usually someone their own age. The shooter is typically a friend or family member, often an older brother.”

There are dozens of other examples of “responsible gun owners” who have shot themselves or others accidentally.

Do we really want this remote possibility in our schools???

I don’t.

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In a side note: New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and Mike Thompson (CA-05)  lead  163 House Members in Calling for a Vote on Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

High Praise From All Sides For Indiana’s New Common Construction Wage Law

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New Video Highlights Benefits of Indiana’s
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Hoosier Job Creators Say CCW Law Works!

Indianapolis, IN: A new video release highlights the value and benefit of Indiana’s Common Construction Wage (CCW) law. The Common Construction Wage law is Indiana’s version of prevailing wage and mandates that the prevailing wages in an area be paid on public construction projects over $350,000.

The video, which includes interviews with various business leaders, local politicians, and academics throughout Indiana, emphasizes the benefits of the Common Construction Wage law to Indiana businesses and local communities as well as the state’s overall economy.

The video, named Common Construction Wage Works!, also makes clear the fact that the Common Construction Wage issue is a bi-partisan issue since interviews take place on both sides of the political spectrum.

Terre Haute’s Republican Mayor Duke Bennett praised the new law by saying that the Common Construction Wage law provides “stability for workers.”  He goes on to explain the fact that if workers have a stable wage, it benefits the community, as workers can buy new homes and spend money in local shops.

Mayor Bennett continued to praise the law by showing how the law helps with the cities budgetary process, providing a guide for what construction labor costs will be on upcoming projects.

“It is extremely important to our economy, because the people who are building our roads are from the local community,” stated State Representative Ed Soliday (R–IN4).  Soliday explained how using federal and state money on local project creates between 7-10 jobs for the local community.  “We create multiple jobs, and that money stays in the local community”

The CCW “levels the playing field for all the contractors competing on the same projects” said Brent Smith President and CEO of Crown Electric, INC.  Smith talked about how other contractors were trying to undercut local contractors by bringing in out of state workers and playing less than a prevailing wage.  Since over 50% of Crown Electric’s business comes from the state, these unscrupulous contractors are threatening to destroy his business.

In addition to interviews with business leaders and elected officials, the video also includes interviews with academics familiar with the many studies that have been done on issues surrounding prevailing wage laws.