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Amherst Chamber of Commerce Takes Position Against Prevailing Wage Legislation
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Amherst Chamber of Commerce Takes Position Against Prevailing Wage Legislation

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, representing over 2,500 members, actively takes positions on public policy issues which affect the well-being of the business community.  When legislation requiring the payment of providing prevailing wages for utilities and other service workers first came to the floor of the State Legislature, the Amherst Chamber took a strong position against it.

During a special session of the New York State Legislature on Monday, November 29, 2010, the New York State Assembly passed legislation requiring the payment of prevailing wages by any utility or party contracting with or for the benefit of a public agency for service workers (i.e. janitors, security guards, handymen, etc.).  The legislation, which had previously passed the New York State Senate, will now go to Governor Patterson for signature.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes this legislation due to its harmful effects on economic development in New York State.  The legislation would establish a dangerous precedent by the application of prevailing wages to employees of a private corporation not engaged in public works.  It would also apply to work done on behalf of Industrial Development Agencies when they own and operate an entity, such as an industrial park.  Operating costs for these industrial, business and technology parks would increase dramatically.  Additionally, the legislation would increase the cost of energy in New York State, making the State even less competitive than we currently are.

To keep Main Street healthy across the State, we must begin making smart decisions.  Vetoing the prevailing wage legislation will begin to correct the harmful economic development climate in New York State.  Beginning Monday, Chamber members will be mailing letters to Governor Patterson to this effect to encourage his veto of the legislation

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