Davis-Bacon Act Signed Into Law In 1931



After my query in the Payson Roundup last week as to why contractors are opposed to President Obama, who has tried to pass bills for highway and bridge repair, but each time has been overruled by the Republicans, I received a couple of responses citing Davis-Bacon as the main reason for their opposition to our president.

Well, I just had to look up the Davis-Bacon Act, knowing in advance that the act had been in place for a while, but wanting to find the full story. Come to find out the Davis-Bacon Act was signed into law in 1931 by a Republican president and a Republican Congress. Ain’t life funny!

Ted Paulk


ALLAN SIMS 4 years, 3 months ago

For a one-time Cat salesman to pretend to understand the complexities of Davis-Bacon by expressing the above comments is beyond incredulous. Anyone connected with the requirements of Davis-Bacon in today’s contracting world would have known better.

The law itself is a framework upon which hangs a multitude of minute regulations, promulgated by various gov’t department demigods, that have the effect of law themselves. Federal agents in various regions feel free to enforce the provisions as they see fit, always to the detriment of the construction company, thus against the one paying the bill. The taxpayer. It is simply wealth redistribution.

Representative Jeff Flake’s actions after the Katrina disaster highlights the stupidity of the law, as it is now enforced by the Fed. Gov’t. Reconstruction of those devastated areas was stymied by those very rules. Once that roadblock was out of the way, reconstruction there soared.

As a result of Jeff Flake’s combined efforts with others of his committee, Bush indefinitely suspended Davis-Bacon in damaged areas of southern coast.

Davis-Bacon is the boon of liberals, and the bane of construction companies, and therefore those paying for the finished buildings or roads. In some jobs, we are paying $31.00 per hour for jobs that otherwise would pay $18. The liberal would glorify in that. But, this is one reason why our inflation is so high. Your tax dollars pay those inflated rates. How many of you would love to hire on at a starting rate of $31.00 per hour? (That’s $64,480 per year plus overtime, with fringes and benefits considered extra, under the act.)

Davis-Bacon was originally created as a Jim Crow type law to prevent poor blacks from the south going to New York to take jobs for federal projects there from higher paid workers. In equalizing the pay, there was no further need for importing those poor blacks, thus the Jim Crow label. In 1964 and again in 1994 the law itself saw drastic changes that adversely affect the construction efforts of our nation. It requires employees be paid ‘scale’ rates, which are set by local unions, guaranteeing them exorbitant rates for their members, and greatly reducing the chances of a non-union shop from competing.

Along with that, have come the requirements for tons of paperwork, requiring such things as certified payrolls, special record keeping, special weekly and monthly reports. It requires special reporting to employees about their rights, that they already know. Audits, and recriminations abound. Contracts are far more complicated than even 20 years ago, due to new regulations.

It is notable that this liberal, with all the things mentioned that showed his first post foolish, would single out Davis-Bacon, simply mentioned in passing in that other response. There were many things he should have responded to, and didn’t. Thus, highlighting the weakness of his article re construction workers being against Obama.


Ted Paulk 4 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Sims, I want to thank you for sharing your insurmountable wisdom with those of us of lower intellect. May you and Mitt Romney soon be forgotten. Ted


ALLAN SIMS 4 years, 3 months ago

Sure Ted. No problem.

As to Construction people not liking Obama, do you understand a bit better now?

Construction workers are like the ‘cowboys’ of bygone days. We’re independent, know what we’re doing, where we’re going and don’t need anyone to get in the way. We are a bit rough around the edges, and don’t have a whole lot of tolerance for someone taking things from us or putting more load on us.

We live and breathe freedom. Patrick Henry was our kind of man. We all have a case of the John Waynes. (i.e. Treat me right and I’ll treat you right. Hurt me, and you’ve got a problem.)

This gov’t and its leader have hurt us, and we don’t take such things lying down.

Take care


don evans 4 years, 3 months ago

For Mr. Paulk. Our Embassy people died, and Obama lied.....What a guy you support....


Ted Paulk 4 years, 3 months ago

Evans and Sims et.al, You guys are watching way too much FOX and listening to way, way too much Limbaugh. Obama killed bin Laden. George Bush LIED. Wake up!!!


Rex Hinshaw 4 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Paulk, Drink some more koolaid. Obama did NOT kill bin Laden...our Seals did. And if you want to talk about who has lied....checked TODAYS news. By the way....being a salesman for construction equipment does not make you an expert on the opinions of contractors....it makes you a salesman.


Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.