Opposition Voiced to Fed Changes to Davis-Bacon Act

“A costly and unnecessary change” is what 13 national think tanks or experts in related fields called the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposal to place survey technicians in a classification entitled “laborers and mechanics.” 
In a jointly authored letter, they urged DOL acting secretary Seth D. Harris to rescind his agency’s proposed All Agency Memorandum (AAM) 212, issued by the Wage and Hour Division on March 23.
In the June 12 letter, the 13 co-signers (listed below) said DOL “has unilaterally expanded the application of the Act to a class of workers who have never been heretofore considered “laborers and mechanics.” Rather, survey crews work under the responsible charge of licensed, professional surveyors and their services are not directly involved in construction.
“There is no rationale for this change in policy,” the letter continued. “There has been no action by Congress, no ruling by a court, and no other recent development to change a 50+ year policy. At a time of record deficit and debt, sequestration, and unemployment, expanding wasteful and controversial laws like the Davis-Bacon Act is ill advised.
Authors of the letter said they “are deeply concerned the Department of Labor changed its policy and expanded the coverage of the Davis-Bacon without public notice, hearings, or notification and engagement of affected stakeholders.”
  • James Valvo, Director of Policy Americans for Prosperity
  • Ivan Osorio, Editorial Director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Tom Schatz, President of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
  • Dick Patten, President of the Family Business Defense Council
  • Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund
  • Hadley Heath, Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum
  • Brandon Arnold, Vice President of Government Affairs National Taxpayers Union
  • David Denholm, President of the Public Service Research Foundation
  • Eli Lehrer, President of R Street
  • David Williams, President of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance
  • Andrew Roth, Vice President of Government Affairs The Club for Growth
  • Timothy F. Johnson, Ph.D. Founder and President The Frederick Douglass Foundation
  • Philip J. Romero, Professor of Business Administration and Dean Emeritus, University of Oregon Author Your Macroeconomic Edge
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