Letter: Construction industry requires accountability | Letters | buffalonews.com – Buffalo News

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Wage theft and tax fraud Have gotten widespread factors Inside The enchancment enterprise. Contractors Making an try To reduce corners cheat on their taxes After which cheat staff out of wages and advantages They’ve earned. Labor regulations exists To shield blue collar staff, However the state can’t implement the regulation with out With The power to decide contractors on public works tasks.

Fortunately, Sen. Sean Ryan has a invoice in Albany Which might change that. Contractor Registration (S5994/A1338; Ryan/Magnerelli) will Make constructive that when public money is spent, regulation abiding contractors are These doing that enchancment work. Registration retains huge builders from hiding behind layers of subcontractors To flee accountability.

It’s time for shady contractors To return out of the shadows – as a Outcome of the underground financial system doesn’t simply harm staff. When contractors cheat as An factor of doing enterprise, all taxpayers are pressured to make up the distinction and reliable contractors are punished For having fun with by The guidelines.

Albany should take movement this session on contractor registration, and we respect Ryan for standing up for blue collar staff. Equity Inside The enchancment enterprise begins with accountability.

North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

Western Ny Industry Supervisor

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