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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Buckeye Institute News Alert

April 21, 2015
Contact: Greg R. Lawson (614) 224-4422
The Buckeye Institute Endorses Reforming Ohio's
Construction Bidding Process
New Report Highlights State's Discrimination Against Non-PLA Bids

COLUMBUS, OHIO--The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions announced on Wednesday, April 21, its release of One Step to Restore Competition to Public Works Bidding, a report on how to reform the role of project labor agreements (PLAs) in state construction projects.

The report shows the problems that Ohio's current public works construction bidding system has created. The state is losing out on competitive bids because of its discrimination against contractors that do not sign project labor agreements, which ultimately deprives workers and employers of opportunities and drives up costs to taxpayers.

Report author Tom Lampman stated, "Competition for public works contracts should be open to all businesses. State agencies should not be permitted to discriminate against contractors that do not sign project labor agreements."

The report applauds project labor agreement reforms contained in the Ohio House of Representatives' proposed budget bill for FY 2016-2017. The Buckeye Institute maintains that the budget bill's project labor agreement reforms are one example of how the Ohio House Budget represents a Big Step Forward.

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BACKGROUND: The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions was founded in 1989 as an independent research and educational institution-a think tank-to formulate and promote free-market solutions for Ohio's most pressing public policy problems.

The Buckeye Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit, and tax-exempt organization, as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. As such, it relies on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations who share a commitment to free enterprise, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government. The Buckeye Institute does not seek or accept government funding.

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