Friday, March 2, 2007

Harper, Fletcher Discuss Prevailing Wage

From Conservative Edge:

Governor Fletcher

"Taxpayers deserve to know that their dollars are being spent wisely and stretched as far as we can take them. That is not the case with the current prevailing wage law, which is both arbitrary and unfair. It is an artificial cost driver in state construction projects, and takes available dollars away from other worthwhile programs or projects.

That is why I have called for and support its repeal. During my first term we have undertaken the most ambitious infrastructure program in the history of the commonwealth. It is estimated that without prevailing wage we would have 6 to 12 percent more to spend on school construction projects. That money could have been used to build as many as 33 new schools. The savings would help with other needed facilities in areas of rapid growth like Boone County and Ft. Knox. Every day my administration is searching for innovative solutions to make government more efficient and to provide the greatest value for every tax dollar."

Billy Harper

The Harper campaign has gotten some criticism for its use of YouTube video to answer questions. I for one, think its refreshing. Take this answer for instance - a little rough around the edges, but it was done on the tour bus, while the bus was moving. In other words, immediacy of the message.

I called the campaign this morning and they recorded this answer within 20 minutes of my phone call. This gives Harper an immediate if sometimes awkward connection with the voter. Overall, impressive. See and judge for yourself.

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