By Philip Mattera
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The comparison to Maytag is from: Dan Pillar, “Wind Brings Jobs, Optimism Back to Newton,” Des Moines Register, August 26, 2008 (via Nexis). 41 The rest of TPI’s subsidy came from city and county agencies. sm=1&sum=1&doctype=7 43 Stephanie Antonian Rutherford, “ Prevailing Wage Set Aside,” Battle Creek Enquirer, October 29, 2008 and “Union Workers Feel ‘Left Out,’” Battle Creek Enquirer, October 30, 2008 (via Nexis). The family budget figures are based on data provided to us directly by the Economic Policy Institute.
The section devoted to highperformance schools prioritizes opportunities for YouthBuild participants to work on the projects). The bill as introduced on January 26 also includes some local content requirements, mandating that all iron and steel used in construction and repair projects funded under the bill be American-made. Finally, the bill as a whole is notable in the sheer number of construction and repair projects mentioned throughout that are not tied to either labor or energy efficiency standards.
Poverty levels are revised annually by the federal government, but they are so low that standards based on them tend to result in subpar pay levels. Yet even market-based wage standards can be inadequate in certain circumstances, such as low-wage service-sector industries or an economically depressed area. Therefore, we recommend that state and local governments backstop the market-based wage rates with a living wage floor that assures a worker will be paid enough to meet basic needs and attain self-sufficiency.