Guam – In a letter to Senator Daniel Inouye, Hawaii (D), Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz enlisted the support of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on
Appropriations to ensure the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Defense apply updated Davis-Bacon Wages for federal projects related to the relocation of U.S. Marines Corps personnel from Okinawa to Guam.
Current Davis-Bacon Wages being used for Guam are outdated; any project approved under these outdated wages will be permanent unless the U.S. Department of Labor publishes updated wage information.
Sen. Inouye is familiar with the impacts Davis-Bacon wages had on Hawaii’s recovery during the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki, and authored legislation to maintain Davis-Bacon wages in his state.
Cruz has also written letters to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and Guam’s Delegate Madeleine Bordallo to assist with Guam’s oversight, meanwhile billions of dollars in military contracts using current outdated Davis-Bacon Wages stand to be awarded as early as next week.
Cruz reports that the Interagency Coordination Group of Inspectors General for Guam Realignment report in February estimated that costs for facility and infrastructure relating to the military relocation will be $10.27 billion.