DuPage County Mayors Conference lays out legislative wishlist for 2013
Pension reform, payments from state, local business are key subjects
DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully and other DuPage County leaders will take a list of legislative priorities to Springfield next month, including opposition to a bill amendment they say would drive up project costs and make it difficult for municipalities to hire local contractors.
The amendment of concern requires bidders to participate in a federally-approved apprenticeship and training program to demonstrate status as a "responsible bidder," a requirement the mayors say many "mom and pop" contractors can't afford.
"Legislation like this, though well-intended, has the impact of actually making it more difficult for local businesses to compete," Tully said. "It has the consequence of limiting our ability to do what we think is in the best interest of our community with the funds we have available, and ultimately costs our taxpayers more money."
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