VIDEO: Rep. Jim Moeller feels the extra cost of prevailing wage is good for all of us

By Lou Brancaccio, Columbian editor



Moeller Video Interviews

Today's video is one of five recorded by editor Lou Brancaccio. This series began Tuesday, March 5, and will end Monday, March 11.

Tuesday:Voting against popular opinion


Thursday:Binding arbitration

Friday: Prevailing wage

Monday: Legislative session

In a wide-ranging interview, State Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, discusses prevailing wage. Prevailing wage essentially requires paying for governmental projects with prevailing wages.

A prevailing wage is almost always higher than what you might be able to get a project completed for. And because it's paid for with taxpayer money, that means taxpayers must pay more for a governmental project. Moeller said he understands that taxpayers will have to pay more under prevailing wage and he is OK with that.

Moeller said in exchange, it puts more money in the local economy and feels the taxpayer will get a better end result. Part four of five.