Meriden's Experience with PLAs


A recent and well documented saga of a city’s experience with PLAs is the case of the Meriden High School Projects. Both Maloney and Platt High Schools were slated to be completed as renovate as new projects, at a value of $100 million per school. The School Building Committee was vehemently against the use of PLAs, but the City Council ended up deciding against the Building Committees recommendation, and authorized the use of a PLA for both projects. The result was excessive cost overruns, a lesser product for the students, and a series of continued political fights.

Since the project has broken ground, there has also been a failure for the unions to meet the local hiring goals they promised the City when asking for the PLA. This is another example of the fact that there are no consequences to those local worker promises that are not met.


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