STUDY: Responsible Bidder Ordinances (RBOs) Boost Competition, Increase Apprenticeship, and Control Costs on Public Projects

When Prevailing Wages Do Not Apply, RBOs Uphold Local Construction Standards La Grange: An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study of more than 1,200 public works projects in Illinois and Indiana finds that local responsible bidder ordinances (RBOs) boost bid … Continue reading STUDY: Responsible Bidder Ordinances (RBOs) Boost Competition, Increase Apprenticeship, and Control Costs on Public Projects

NEW STUDY: Wisconsin Prevailing Wage Repeal Reduced Wages, Exported Jobs and Tax Dollars Out of State, and Failed to Deliver Any Cost Savings

No state that has repealed prevailing wage has seen the benefits claimed by politicians La Grange, Illinois:  For the third time in as many years, state-level research conducted by the nonpartisan Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) has shown that the … Continue reading NEW STUDY: Wisconsin Prevailing Wage Repeal Reduced Wages, Exported Jobs and Tax Dollars Out of State, and Failed to Deliver Any Cost Savings

STUDY: Illinois’ Construction Apprenticeship Programs Rival State Colleges and Universities on Key Performance Metrics

La Grange:  From the number of training hours and graduation rates to the diversity of classes and the lifetime earnings of graduates, Illinois’ joint labor-management construction apprenticeship programs are rivaling– and in some cases exceeding– the performance of the state’s … Continue reading STUDY: Illinois’ Construction Apprenticeship Programs Rival State Colleges and Universities on Key Performance Metrics