Employees of TIF projects in Portland to receive prevailing wage (OR)

NOVEMBER 22, 2017

The Portland City Council voted to require contractors working on Tax Increment Financing-funded projects in the city to pay their employees a prevailing wage.

“We will be the first community in the state to put this in their TIF rules,” Mayor Ethan Strimling told the Portland Press Herald.

Prevailing wages are set on an annual basis by the Maine Department of Labor on a county-by-county basis for state construction projects exceeding $50,000.

However, the city council shot down another provision requiring contractors on TIF projects to participate in an apprenticeship program registered by the state or federal government, a move supported by union workers. Instead, the council will explore offering grants for a broader job-training program that would help other industries as well, the newspaper reported.

Also removed was a requirement that at least 25% of work hours be performed by Portland residents, minorities, women or veterans.

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Elwood calls on CenterPoint to prove it’s complying with prevailing wage laws

ELWOOD, Ill., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Village of Elwood has asked a judge to require CenterPoint Properties to provide documentation to determine if the developer is in compliance with state law in paying workers a prevailing wage.

Although state law and the Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) agreement between the Village and CenterPoint require that it pay prevailing wages, CenterPoint has refused to reveal any payroll documents that would confirm that workers are receiving prevailing wages at its Deer Run Industrial Park development, which is the focus of a TIF.

Today’s court filing is the most recent ¬†development in an ongoing dispute, which prompted the Village to take legal action earlier this year after CenterPoint failed to provide information on how it spent $110 million in Village taxpayer dollars for the redevelopment of the 1,820-acre site at the former Joliet Arsenal.

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