Keep an even playing field on city contracts

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Santa Rosa taxpayers should watch closely Tuesday when the City Council decides whether to limit competition for public works contracts. Millions of public dollars are at stake.

At issue is a proposal to require project labor agreements, also known as community workforce agreements, on capital improvement projects in Santa Rosa valued at $3 million or more.

When the city is spending taxpayer money, public officials should be focused on getting the biggest bang for the buck.

Project labor agreements, which are increasingly common at all levels of government, discourage open competition by imposing union-related costs on all bidders.

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