Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Gregg: Leave common construction wage law in place

Folks who know me well know I love history. History is a great teacher — and what happened last week in the Indiana House of Representatives reminded me of that. In the darkest days of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt passed the Davis-Bacon Act, which created something known as the common construction wage or prevailing wage. As you may know, in most cases government must purchase products at the lowest possible cost — and that includes construction projects too. In the 1930s some unscrupulous contractors began bidding on public projects, offering low-ball bids by hiring workers off the street at low wages, rather than skilled, experienced workers at higher...