Cost of public works projects rise along with the economy

  • Article by: Mary Jane Smetanka , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 3, 2013 - 9:28 PM

Freakish spring weather and busy contractors are leading to higher costs for public works projects.

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supervon2Aug. 4, 13 8:42 AM

If they would take bids from non-union contractors they could save tons of money. But, we know which party is in charge and it's the one that believes in graft and corruption.

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DUSTYBAug. 4, 13 9:22 AM

How come I'm not getting paid more? I'm getting paid less than before this mess

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duck2013Aug. 4, 1310:44 AM

Democrat ruling elites insist that public construction projects go to higher-cost union contractors because...wait for it...wait for it...Democrats shower unionized workers with taxpayer money. Come election time, unions spend money and "get out the vote" to help get Democrats elected. Democrats raise taxes. Democrats shower unionized workers with taxpayer money. Come election time, unions spend money and "get out the vote" to help get Democrats elected. Repeat forever and ever. That's what corruption is. As long as Democrats have the power to steal money from one group and give it to another, they will continue to do so to get elected into positions of power to satisfy their egos.

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Truckman182Aug. 4, 13 5:28 PM

Sure is fun spending someone else's money.

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reader2580Aug. 5, 13 2:13 PM

Prevailing wage laws probably have more to do with jacking up the cost of public projects than anything. If a contractor wants to charge less because they have lower labor costs isn't that a win for taxpayers? A contractor can't pay too much less than others or they won't have any employees left.

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chance123Aug. 5, 13 2:54 PM

I find it humorous that the goverment was throwing money at bridge and construction projects in the last few years, to keep those good people working......looks like they don't need you anymore....lol

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markspringAug. 5, 13 3:06 PM

"If they would take bids from non-union contractors they could save tons of money. But, we know which party is in charge and it's the one that believes in graft and corruption." - Yeah, automatically blame the unions. Nevermind that supply and demand have anything to do with this situation. Totally and conveniently ignore what the article clearly states about the fact that these contractors have a ton of work and therefore don't, at this time, really need more work.

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markspringAug. 5, 13 3:08 PM

"Sure is fun spending someone else's money." - What are you proposing by this comment? That we NOT fix the roads and public infrastructure?

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markspringAug. 6, 13 6:29 AM

"That's what corruption is. As long as Democrats have the power to steal money from one group and give it to another, they will continue to do so to get elected into positions of power to satisfy their egos." - I'm neither a Democrat nor a Republican so I have no horse in this race, but this comment is astounding. I guess it's okay for private corporations to shower politicians with money to buy more tax breaks and investment capital, but it is not okay for others to shower politicians with money. Our only solution is to remove all business and special interest contributions to politicians. Only private citizens should contribute and even those should have limits.

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