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How the U.S. Government Should Enforce Prevailing Wage Standards in All of Its Spending

How the U.S. Government Should Enforce Prevailing Wage Standards in All of Its Spending

As lawmakers debate economic recovery investments, they must ensure that all companies receiving government funding comply with job quality standards.

Congress is currently debating whether to make needed investments in public goods such as roads, clean energy, and the care economy, as well as how to ensure that this spending leads to good-paying union jobs for workers in the United States. If successful, these investments promise to help rebuild economic resiliency; boost fast-growing and critically needed sectors; and support middle-class jobs for Americans of all walks of life. Yet one important facet of this debate that often goes overlooked is how to ensure that companies receiving government funding actually comply with required job quality standards.

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Karla Walter

Senior Director, Employment Policy

David Madland

Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project

Malkie Wall

Research Associate

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