Local governments are on the front lines in the fight to protect public health and safety and set modern workplace standards. However, as more communities across the nation try to enact local health, wage and workplace laws and policies, such as local prevailing wage and Project Labor Agreement policies, state “preemption” laws are stripping their lawmaking authority. That happens when state legislators interfere in the democratic process and stop the people of a local community from passing their own laws that improve upon statewide minimum standards.
Corporate priorities shouldn’t interfere with local control. State law sets a minimum standard that local governments can build and improve on.