New York’s New Prevailing Wage Law Hinders Construction, Developers Say

Jimmy Vielkind

April 07, 2020

Originally published in Wall Street Journal on April 07, 2020.

New state mandate reflects effort to expand definition of public projects that require higher wages

ALBANY, N.Y.—Business groups said a newly approved state mandate to pay higher wages on a broader range of government-backed construction projects will hurt firms as they attempt to recover from the novel coronavirus.

State Sen. George Borrello, a Republican from upstate Chautauqua County, said in a statement that small-business owners would 'find higher costs and more regulations to support a politically-driven agenda' as a result of the budget.