Benner Township- Citing costly bids that threatened to delay construction, State Senator Jake Corman (R-34) commended a decision by the state Department of General Services (DGS) to allow local contractors to bid on the construction of the new 2,000-bed prison in Rockview, saying it will level the playing field, create new jobs and save the state money.
DGS had originally required that the contractors enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) on the construction job – which would have prohibited non-union workers and companies from having an opportunity to bid on the project. However, the bids were deemed too high for the allocation allowed for the project, causing DGS to reopen the bidding process to both non-union and union companies in order to get the best price available.
Earlier this summer, Corman joined local contractors in urging DGS to amend that decision, saying that encouraging competition would drive down costs and help the local economy.
“I commend DGS for its decision to provide a level playing field and keep costs down for taxpayers,” Corman said. “Local contractors may be able to offer lower prices, which means that taxpayers would save money. And we can keep jobs and revenues here in Centre County at a time we need to stimulate our economy.”
Corman said the use of PLAs is not just an issue in his district, but statewide as well and has urged changes in the way the Department of General Services determines when and if they should be used.
“When you give more people the opportunity to bid for work, you improve competition and that lowers costs and ensures that you have a more qualified workforce bidding on the process,” Corman said. “We are pleased that local qualified builders and contractors will be given a chance to take part in the bidding process and in showing that they are the best choice for the job.”
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