Republicans Vote for Paycheck Reduction Act
Republicans Vote to CUT New Mexican’s Wages with Paycheck Reduction Act
Passage of bill guts wages hurting New Mexicans already struggling to make ends meet.
SANTA FE – Today on the House floor, Republicans voted to slash the wages of hardworking New Mexicans with House Bill 200, the Paycheck Reduction Act. The Paycheck Reduction Act, eliminates prevailing wages for road, highway and education institution projects which comprise a majority of public works expenditures and changes the calculation methods to drive down prevailing wages for all workers.
“This piece of legislation destroys the livelihoods of working men and woman in New Mexico,” stated Democratic Whip, Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque). “This is not what we do for a better quality of life for all New Mexicans.”
“Gutting the prevailing wage will hurt working New Mexicans,” said Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque). “The prevailing wage brings quality skill, quality labor and good quality work to public works projects, completing them on time, on budget, and with the quality to ensure they are built to last.”
“The Paycheck Reduction Act is not the jobs bill hardworking New Mexicans need,” stated Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque). “Instead, we have a bill that will cut workers’ wages. This is another example of Republican economic policies that only benefit CEOs and the well-connected.”
“Cutting wages for construction workers will hurt all New Mexicans,” stated Representative Debbie Rodella (D-Espanola). “This bill will not offer any savings and will increase the burden placed on taxpayers who will pay for the services that families who are struggling to make ends meet because they are not receiving a livable wage.”
Without the prevailing wage, workers can expect a 30% wage cut, with no savings for taxpayers on public works projects. In states with weak or no prevailing wage laws, there are lower levels of worker training and productivity, and higher rates of job-related injuries with an increased burden on taxpayers to offset the uncompensated healthcare costs. The Paycheck Reduction Act will now go through the Senate committee process.