TRENTON – A project labor agreement bill that has been something of a campaign-season debate topic will be before the Assembly Budget Committee on Thursday.
The committee will meet at 2 p.m. to consider A3679/S2425, which would amend a decade-old law that authorized so-called project labor agreements.
The legislation, approved in a Senate session last week basically along party lines, would add projects such as pumping stations, roads, and water or sewage treatment plants to the list of eligible projects accomplished at public expense.
Such projects would have to be worth at least $5 million, and the legislation leaves unchanged the provision for prevailing wages to be paid to workers.
Senate Democrats touted the bill as timely considering New Jersey’s post-Sandy reconstruction needs. But Senate Republicans said the legislation actually will increase project costs, a counter-productive aim in a sluggish economy.