COLUMBUS—State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Township) recently received national praise for an amendment offered and included in the House version of the state operating budget.

Rep. Young sponsored an amendment that relates to Project Labor Agreements. Included in House Bill 64, the budget bill passed last week through the House, is a provision prohibiting a state agency, or political subdivision using state dollars, from requiring or prohibiting a contractor from entering into a project labor agreement.

The Wall Street Journal and the National Review both published articles praising efforts to reform labor agreements.

“This legislation is a simple call for fairness. Government should not be picking winners and losers in the marketplace,” Rep. Young said. “Every qualified legally operated business should have an opportunity to bid on government construction jobs. Non-union and union companies should both be given equal opportunity to bid.”

The Wall Street Journal article while very complimentary toward the legislation is inaccurate in one respect. The article states that the initiative “bans Project Labor Agreements.” In fact the bill specifically states that PLA’s cannot be either “required or prohibited,” thus leaving the option to use or not use a PLA strictly in the hands of the bidder where it belongs.

Young is serving in his third consecutive term at the Ohio House of Representatives, having previously served from 1997 through 2004.  He represents the 61st House District in eastern and southern portions of Lake County.

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