Lessons for Post-Katrina Reconstruction: A High-Road vs. Low-Road Recovery
Publication Date: October 2005
Publisher(s): Economic Policy Institute
Author(s): Peter Philips
The rebuilding of highways in Los Angeles, Calif. after the 1994 Northridge earthquake provides valuable lessons for the post-Katrina/Rita reconstruction effort. Foremost among those lessons is that competitive bidding and enforcement of labor standards such as the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage law can help ensure that work is done expeditiously, safely, cost effectively, and with maximum benefit to the local population.
The Northridge experience disproves claims that Davis- Bacon generates excessive paperwork, costs, or delays.