The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has released a statement supporting Gov. Bruce Rauner in his veto of SB 2964.
The chamber supports the veto because if the bill had been signed into law, it would not have allowed local governments to determine local wage rates. Ultimately, this would have resulted in higher costs for public works projects and hindered local economies, the chamber said.
“SB 2964 would have required the Illinois Department of Labor to exclusively use collective bargaining agreements in its calculations of a given local area’s prevailing wage," the statement reads. "Yet a study, (titled) The State of the Unions 2015, found that more than 60 percent of construction workers in Illinois are non-union. That means local rates could have been based on collective bargaining agreements several counties away."
The chamber believes that the business communities want an economic environment that is more conducive to creating and attracting jobs in Illinois.
The chamber wrapped up the statement by saying the veto is consistent with the governor’s program to protect Illinois taxpayers while making the state more competitive for job growth.