California Jobs First Veto Watch: Governor Kills More Jobs - Signs AB 514

Monday, October 10, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 514 (Hernandez, D-West Covina), a job killer measure, into law today. Republicans unanimously opposed the bill, along with California’s building industry, because the new law – for no good reason – adds costs to construction projects, especially those paid for with taxpayer dollars.

AB 514 forces schools and local governments to pay the prevailing wage to contractors hauling solid waste away from construction projects and other job sites. It creates new costs in existing school and local government construction projects and contains no provision for covering those unbudgeted contract cost increases.

In addition, the measure actually discourages public agencies from recycling waste materials in contradiction of environmental principles long championed by Democrats.

“Once again the governor is bending to pressure from unions who want to set wages regardless of their affordability,” said Senator Republican Leader Bob Dutton (Rancho Cucamonga).

“AB 514 creates another barrier to rebuilding the construction industry in California—perhaps the industry hit hardest by the economic crisis. Adding barriers to getting construction workers back to work is not creating jobs; it simply nails the coffin tighter on many potential jobs. In approving this bill, the governor is doing nothing for the two million Californians currently out of work, despite his newly claimed focus on creating jobs.  Actions speak louder than words.

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