Chamber CEO talks right to work and prevailing wage on KET

Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson spoke about the need for right to work legislation in the state and the challenges behind prevailing wage on KET’s Kentucky Tonight on Monday.

On the program, Adkisson appeared beside Julia Crigler of Americans for Prosperity, Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, and Anna Baumann, research and policy associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy to discuss the issues of right to work and prevailing wage.

Adkisson said states that have passed right-to-work legislation, which allows an individual to choose whether or not they want to be a member of a union, tend to have faster job growth. Adkisson added passing right to work in Kentucky would generate thousands of new jobs each year for the commonwealth.

“The business community considers the designation of right to work as a strong signal that a state is open for business,” Adkisson said.

On the topic of prevailing wage, the government mandated hourly wage on state projects, Adkisson noted that by repealing prevailing wage requirements, some projects would be cheaper to build and thus save taxpayer dollars.

“The fiscal situation of Kentucky is probably worse than it’s been in decades…. because of this pension problem,” Adkisson said. “The government has to now look under every rock and behind every corner to find the tax dollars that they can spend, so this [can create] real savings.”

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