State Rep. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, Ohio House District 37.


State Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, Ohio House District 78.

How would state Rep. Kristina Roegner busy herself if she weren’t shilling for the ALEC anti-worker agenda? Oh that’s right, by shilling for the anti-women’s rights agenda. So much shilling to do, so little time.

Shill we take a look at what Rep. Roegner, the Republican from Hudson, is planning to copy and paste from the ALEC model legislation website next?

She’s joined hands with fellow anti-woman, anti-worker, anti-gay state Rep. Ron Hood, the Republican from Ashville, to get their shill on against Ohio’s prevailing wage law.

Here’s a letter they sent to colleagues on Wednesday:

We will soon introduce legislation that will completely liberate Ohio from our onerous and archaic prevailing wage law and help our local governments.  Prevailing wage is a bureaucratically developed rate based on union wages from various geographic regions of the state…

Archaic? Yes, yes, don’t you just hate those archaic 20th Century labor advancements?

We press on:

Ohio’s own experience proves that repeal would lower government costs. In 1997, to help Ohio’s schools, the Ohio General Assembly exempted school construction and renovation projects from the state prevailing wage law…

Ohio’s own experience proves that Ohio Republicans have cut local government funding by $1.5 billion over the last two state budgets. Can’t wait to see what they do with the third. But oh please do go on about how you’re so concerned about local government budgets that you just absolutely have to attack livable wages for workers.

Eliminating Ohio’s prevailing wage will also help those contractors, who were previously discouraged from bidding on government projects because they were unable to absorb the higher costs associated with prevailing wage laws.

Like babes in the woods, the poor dears, having to pay laborers decently.

Just as we were able to provide relief for our Ohio schools in 1997, we have a chance now to help ALL Ohio government entities get more out of their tax dollars and improve opportunities for all contractors.

The letter goes on to suggest that legislators looking to co-sponsor get in contact with Roegner’s office to help the anti-worker movement.

Hey now, I’ve got an idea. Since Roegner’s office is soliciting input, shill we working Ohioans give her office a call at 614-466-1177 to share our thoughts?

David DeWitt is a writer and man of sport and leisure based out of Athens, Ohio. He has also written for Government Executive online, the National Journal’s Hotline, and The New York Observer’s Politicker.com. He can be found on Twitter @TheRevDeWitt.

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  • sufferingsuccatash

    Eliminating Ohio’s prevailing wage will help those contractors who were discouraged from bidding on government contracts because they were unable to meet the wage scale,….

    That is nonsense. Those contracts are bid on in respect to the wage scale. It is figured into the bid before it is submitted. No one is at a disadvantage by the prevailing wage in bidding for work. Of course, Ohio is famous for no bid or rigged bid contracting, but that has nothing to do with prevailing wage laws and everything to do with political cronies and kick back donations.

  • Red Rover

    I agree. A competent contractor should be able to account for prevailing wages in their bid.

    Are these State Reps actively trying to give a leg up to incompetent contractors? Perhaps they SHOULD be discouraged from bidding…

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