Congressman Darrell Issa Confronts Deval Patrick on Stimulus Wa$te

(With all the talk of construction projects the governor is touting lately.  It’s time to take another look at the prevailing wage.  It’s been almost a year since Congressman Issa asked Deval Patrick why he’s wasting taxpayer dollars on overly generous prevailing wages in Massachusetts.

Why won’t he answer the question?

– promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno
)

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-California), with information supplied by Red Mass Group, recently asked Governor Deval Patrick why Massachusetts is wasting $174M in stimulus money.  To recap, due to the difference in Federal Prevailing Wage and Massachusetts Prevailing Wage, 17.7% of every construction dollar in Massachusetts is wasted on inflated wages.  

We at Red Mass Group originally talked about the waste of stimulus money through our own prevailing wage here, and followed up here.  We then followed up by interviewing David Tuerck of the Beacon Hill Institute.  Dr. Tuerck confirmed that our calculation of $174 Million in wasted money was accurate based on the Beacon Hill Institutes calculations.  The House Republican leadership tried to force a vote, to exempt stimulus money from the Massachusetts Prevailing wage law on June 11, 2009 and was unsuccessful.

Below you will see the exchange between Congressman Issa and Governor Patrick.  After that exchange, Governor Patrick needed to be excused to check the facts. We sent these facts to Congressman Issa the previous evening through the Whistleblower submit form on his committee’s minority page.  While Governor Patrick was excused, Congressman Issa then asked both Governor Rendell (D-PA) and Governor O’Malley (D-MD) if they use the Federal or their own state’s prevailing wage on stimulus projects. Both said they use the Federal prevailing wage.

Governor Patrick and the Democratic Party owe the people both of Massachusetts and the Nation an answer as to why they are continuing to pay inflated wages to their union allies.  Other states are paying the Davis-Bacon wages on stimulus projects. We are wasting $177 of every $1000 we spend on these projects. Why?

Finally, someone in the Governor’s office needs to be checking the @massgovernor twitter feed more regularly.  I warned the Governor twice that I was going to get the information into Congressman Issa’s hands, here and here.  

@johnboehner the @massgovernor is testifyng b4 house 2morrow re:stimulus. MA is wasting $174M of stim$ http://tinyurl.com/kpcc8d #tcot5:24 PM Jul 7th from web

@toddeherman the @massgovernor is testifyng b4 house 2morrow re:stimulus. MA is wasting $174M of stim$ http://tinyurl.com/kpcc8d tel housGOP

Maybe next time he’ll listen….

About Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno