Cumberland County Republican Rep. Stephen Bloom has introduced a bill that would place a three-year moratorium on the commonwealth's Prevailing Wage Act, which was established in 1961.
The current law requires workers on public projects costing more than $25,000 to be paid the prevailing wage in their region.
Bloom's legislation has been introduced as House Bill 1095.
"The current law doesn't reflect today's economic realities," Bloom said. "Since this law was enacted, the cost of living has increased sevenfold, public construction costs have skyrocketed and our local government organizations are struggling to keep costs down, keep property taxes under control and balance their budgets."
Bloom said he believes a temporary repeal of the law will encourage local government organizations to undertake building projects, thus stimulating the local economy and reducing the financial burden on taxpayers.