HARRISBURG – Legislation to help local governments and school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic address fiscal challenges and infrastructure obligations will be introduced. The measure would allow for an opt-out of the state’s prevailing wage requirements through the end of 2022. York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill is one of the bill’s co-sponsors. She says prevailing wage requirements can add 10 to 30% in additional costs. The state has not adjusted its prevailing wage law to account for inflation since 1963. The nearly 60-year-old law has not kept pace with the current cost of construction with prevailing wage applying to all building projects over $25,000. Phillips Hill plans to introduce the legislation with Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin and Sen. Judy Ward of Blair, Cumberland, & Franklin Counties prior to the Senate’s return to session on September 8.

SEN. JUDY WARD

SEN. SCOTT MARTIN

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL