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Can someone explain this whole Davis-Bacon Act thing?

Discussion in 'Politics & World News' started by Atomic Dog, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. Atomic Dog

    Atomic Dog Monkey

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    Davis-Bacon Act

    I only know about it from the blathering I've heard on talk radio. A quick search mostly turned up stuff from union websites, not really any news stories about it.

    I don't really see any up sides to it. Would lowering wages increase opportunities to get projects done down in the Gulf region? In theory I guess. My cynical side tells me it's just more money in the pockets of the big contractors, though.

    I found mention of a study that debunks the notion that the act inflates costs of construction projects, but it's by a nonprofit sponsored by labor unions.

    I also came across this

    This is a particularly choice quote:

    Ya think?
     

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  2. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    I work daily with government construction contracts.

    Yes, they do inflate construction costs and result in more money for the contractor doing the job.

    I also own a construction business which does non-government work.

    The price I pay for labor off base is much less (sometimes by 50%) than what we have to pay on base.
     
  3. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Mmmmm bacon.:drool:
     
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    valve bouncer Master Dildoist

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    :stupid:
    The only surprise here was that this was the second reply not the first. ;)