Calif. High Court's Wage Ruling May Spur More Charter Cities

By Erin Coe (July 3, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court's Monday ruling that charter cities don't have to follow state prevailing wage requirements for their own public works projects upholds charter cities' autonomy and is likely to prompt more municipalities to seek charter status to stimulate local construction projects, attorneys say.

The state high court found that wages of employees on construction projects are a municipal matter that charter cities govern and that state prevailing laws do not apply to charter cities unless the wages pose a statewide concern, handing down one of the most important prevailing wage decisions in California, according to lawyers.

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