19 Governors Join Forces Against Joe Biden’s Plan
(TargetLiberty.org) – President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14063 in February. The order requires all federal construction projects to use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). That’s an agreement between an owner of a company overseeing a construction project and labor unions. Nineteen Republican governors are objecting to the rule change.
On October 17, the governors sent a letter to William Clark, the director of the office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, officially objecting to the federal rule. The state leaders wrote they “support policies to ensure robust competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects” to rebuild US infrastructure. They believe the rule will create “unnecessary constraints,” and therefore they oppose the rule.
The governors of the following states are objecting to the executive order:
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- South Carolina
The governors believe PLAs might “interfere with existing union collective bargaining” and create an environment that discourages competition from non-union contractors.
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The letter further explains that PLAs can drive up the cost of construction by as much as 20% per project. If the executive order holds, it means the money set aside for infrastructure projects won’t go as far. It would also result in fewer construction jobs. The governors want the federal government to allow states “maximum regulatory flexibility” in order to “deliver more value to taxpayers and create opportunities for all.”
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