Last week, I wrote about how prevailing wage drives up school construction and repair costs far beyond normal market prices. But prevailing wage also negatively impacts many other areas where taxpayer money is used, such as transportation.
Since I first took office, I have been pushing to reform the state employee’s pension system. I thought it would be interesting to readers if I provide a brief history. During my first term, I co-sponsored and was an advocate for House Bill 922 which was a companion bill to Sen. Brubaker's Senate Bill. This would have simple done what the overwhelming majority of businesses had done to reform their pension over the past several decades. We would honor all public service employees benefits accumulated to a date certain. At that point all employees would be placed in a 401k style pension. It was extremely disappointing to me that this reform could not gather the necessary support in the House.
Last session, both houses of the Legislature approved legislation calling for a state constitutional amendment that would reduce the size of the House from 203 to 151 seats. If both houses approve it again during the 2017-18 session, voters will get to decide the matter in a statewide referendum.