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Chiang Says Prop A Could Cost San Diego Millions

Aired 5/2/12 on KPBS News.

A California official says San Diego stands to lose million of dollars if voters approve Proposition A this June.

— Prop A would prohibit San Diego from using any Project Labor Agreements, or PLA’s, on city funded construction projects. Such agreements set employment terms for construction projects and are largely supported by unions.

California recently passed legislation that prevents some state funds from going to cities that ban PLA’s.

In a statement on an Anti-Prop A mailer, State Controller John Chiang said San Diego received $158 million from the state last year for local construction projects. He said those funds would be eliminated going forward if Prop A passes.

But supporters of Prop A say PLA’s increase the cost of construction projects. They claim state lawmakers are punishing San Diego for pursuing a PLA ban.

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JeanMarc | May 2, 2012 at 8:39 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Overall the city will probably save more money by not using unions for construction projects.

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Roberto Rolando Salinas | May 3, 2012 at 2:25 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

The anti-worker, anti-union, pro-developer, mostly Republican right wing zealots, must be seething with contempt. It's taxpayer money, paid by the tax paying public, for public taxpayer projects. I can't wait to see what DeMaio, Dumanis, Fletcher, and their developer contributors will do now. Maybe they'll suggest cutting department heads salary and cut back on hiring more consultants and studies. Maybe now local construction workers will be more confident that they will be paid a living wage. The mayor and city council's corporate cronyism, attempting to privatize public services, and destroying workers rights and unions, just became a little more difficult. Can't trust Republicans with taxpayer money, for them it's Socialism for the Rich, and rugged individualism for the rest of us.

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