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?