The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) will participate in a series of public hearings on prevailing wage being held throughout the state. The hearings will be hosted by House Labor & Industry Committee. The committee is chaired by Rep. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe).
Prevailing wage was mandated by the General Assembly back – way back ─ in 1961 for all public works projects costing more than $25,000. It has been unchanged
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The hearings will take place on:
Thursday, August, 22, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m: Penn Stater Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd., State College
Thursday, August 29, 9:30 a.m. to noon: Stroud Township Municipal Center, 1211 North 5th St., Stroudsburg
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1-4 p.m: Williamsport City Hall, 245 West Fourth St., Williamsport
Monday, Sept. 16. 1-4 p.m: Johnstown City Hall, 401 Main Street, Johnstown
PSAB has been actively supporting several bills this session.
In April, two bills were voted out of the House Labor and Industry Committee. House Bill 796 and House Bill 665 will now go before the full House for a vote. House Bill 796, sponsored by Rep. David Millard (R-Columbia) would raise the threshold for prevailing wage to $100,000. House Bill 665, sponsored by Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) defines the type of road maintenance that would be exempted from prevailing wage.
Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) has also introduced a series of bills in the Senate that would change the decades old laws. Senate Bill 272 would increase the threshold for applying prevailing wage to $200,000. Senate Bill 273 would supplant current prevailing wage calculation with occupational wage rates. This would apply to each county’s wage rate and would more closely align them with market rates.
To view Vana Dainty's testimony from the State College hearing, click here
. She is the vice president of Bellefonte Borough Council. To view video, click here
. For a video of the entire hearing, click here
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