Gov. Jerry Brown needs to get his veto pen ready. There's a host of special-interest, union bills headed for his desk that deserve a quick burial. Among them are:
Several local governments in California have developed policies to prohibit government-mandated PLAs to save taxpayer money on public projects. PLAs require union wage scales. As a result, they inhibit competition and unnecessarily boost the cost of taxpayer-funded public projects, but that is of little concern to sponsors of this bill.
Like SB922, this bill would reduce competition and raise costs for taxpayers.
AB438 most likely would prevent cities and counties from expanding or even maintaining current library services as local government revenues shrink.
All four of the above bills reduce local governments' flexibility in trying to cut costs while maintaining important services or constructing public facilities.
The measures amount to a fiscal attack on taxpayers and cities by reducing competition and forcing union pay scales and rules on library services and public works.
Even worse, the three bills concerning PLAs are last-minute hijackings of unrelated measures to quickly sneak special-interest benefits for labor unions into law. This is hardly the proper way to enact laws, especially those that fly in the face of fair competition and the public good.
We trust Brown will have the political courage to veto these four bills, which undermine the democratic process, tie the hands of local government officials and ultimately harm California residents.