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California State Legislature Picks a Fight with The United States Constitution

Kevin D. Korenthal, FOX & HOUNDS

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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ABC-CCC, in an effort to uncover a primary claim about PLAs — that they raise the cost of public works construction — provided a small stipend to the National University System Institute for Policy Research to conduct a study to determine the impact of Project Labor Agreements on California school construction costs. “Measuring the Cost of Project Labor Agreements on School Construction in California” is a 2010 2011 analysis of construction costs of a large sample of California school construction projects. The results of that study were reviewed for statistical and procedural accuracy by the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure of the University of Southern California. The study “shows that PLAs are associated with higher construction costs. [The authors] found that costs are 13 to 15 percent higher when school districts construct a school under a PLA”.