Lawmakers Vote To Preempt Local Rules For Public Contracts

“We went into a series of processes that looked at the values of our community and our county, […] And that included whether you provide domestic partnership benefits. It included whether or not you paid a living wage. It included other things that helped figure out which was the company that was going to best draw down our dollars.”

“For decades I have heard the majority party talk about small government. Making sure we shrink government and giving more power and more control to local government and what’s closest to the people. And then we sit up here and we legislate policy that hinders local government every step of the way,”

State legislators have voted to remove the ability for local governments to require companies they contract with to provide their workers certain wages, benefits, hire from a certain area or source, and more, on certain public projects.

Read more on this preemption of the rights of local governments to freely contract, here.