I’ve recently come under attack from a Kansas City labor union for a bill I’m sponsoring that would lower your taxes and help our schools. They claim I support the hiring of illegal immigrants to work on our school buildings. Not only have I been a strong advocate of ending our illegal immigration problem, I cosponsored the toughest immigration reform in Missouri, House Bill 1549
In 2008, HB 1549 was passed and signed into law creating the strictest immigration policy Missouri has ever had. I cosponsored it and I voted for it. Among other things, it provided for the following:
Allowed the Highway Patrol to dedicate specific patrolmen to be trained in enforcing federal immigration laws;
Prohibited any county, city, town or village from enacting sanctuary policies. Any municipality that does so would be ineligible to receive state grant money;
Illegal aliens are prohibited from receiving any state or local public benefits;
Requires certain employers to e-verify citizenship status of employees;
Prohibits the Department of Revenue from issuing drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens and does not recognize licenses issued to illegal aliens from other states.
Denies illegal immigrants bail;
Created the crime of transporting illegal aliens; and,
Requires arresting law enforcement agencies to verify the immigration status of a person charged with a crime.
The School Construction Act, HB 1960, allows school districts to opt out of mandated wage requirements. Labor unions are fighting this bill because their prevailing wage law artificially inflates wages to their benefit. This bill supports free enterprise solutions for our schools in this time of budget constraints, by reducing the cost of constructing new buildings. It allows local construction companies to bid and consequently hire more local workers, create more competition and reduce construction costs on a taxpayer-funded project.
My record stands for itself. There is no reason to believe this bill would cause an influx of illegal immigrant workers. Beyond that, it is a violation of state and federal laws to hire an illegal immigrant! Laws are in place to prevent such things from happening and inspections abound.
The School Construction Act would allow schools to decrease the costs of school buildings by up to 25% and save YOU, the taxpayer, money! It would allow more projects to go forward in this poor economy which would create jobs! Perhaps it is that the labor unions support higher taxes and fewer jobs? Why is a Kansas City labor union worried about rural school districts saving some money?
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Ruestman defends School Construction Act
The latest Ruestman Report features Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, defending her School Construction Act: