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Phoenix's Prevailing Wage Law Is Illegal - and It Hurts Those It Claims to Help

April 19, 2023

When a city hires contractors for taxpayer-funded public-works projects, it should ensure those opportunities are available to as many qualified businesses as possible.

The government shouldn’t restrict who can compete for those jobs. It shouldn’t impose rules that are detrimental to businesses, employees, taxpayers and residents – particularly minorities.

And it shouldn’t make those decisions without public scrutiny.

But that’s exactly what the Phoenix City Council just did.

Read the rest of the op-ed at The Arizona Republic.

Ricardo Carlo is President of the Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona.

John Thorpe is a Staff Attorney at the Goldwater Institute. 



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