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NEW YORK STATE ADVOCACY TOOL KIT

NEW YORK STATE ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN/TESTIMONY

NYSAFAH Testimony Regarding the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program



NYSAFAH LEGISLATIVE AGENDAS

2018 NYS Legislative Agenda - NYSAFAH


PREVAILING WAGE STUDIES

Columbia Releases Prevailing Wage Report, Calls for Reform
Columbia University's Center for Urban Real Estate released the NYSAFAH commissioned report The Complex Worlds of New York Prevailing Wage. The report examines New State's prevailing wage methodology, concluding the system for certifying wage rates is opaque, outdated, and in need of significant reform. Primary report findings include:

  • New York State taxpayers are being significantly overcharged for public works projects,
    with prevailing wage rates that are up to twice the market wage

  • There is no transparency in how prevailing wage rates are set.

  • The state's prevailing wage methodology may be invalid because the legal criteria for using collective bargaining agreements to establish wage rates are likely not being met.

The report urges the adoption of median wages as the true "prevailing" wage rate, which are captured by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, and average $25/hour for construction trades statewide. Further, a conventional fringe benefits package at 25% to 40% should apply, not the current 70% prevailing wage fringe package. Taxpayers cannot afford to continue paying double the labor cost for infrastructure projects and other public works.

Prevailing Wisdom: The Potential Impacts of Prevailing Wages on Affordable Housing, CHPC


ADDITIONAL LEGISLATION / ISSUES

Fact Sheet on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit

 

 

 


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