A new study released by the Beacon Hill Institute found that Ohio schools built under government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) cost 13 percent more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements. The study looked at 88 schools built in Ohio since 2000 and found that those built under a PLA mandate cost $23.12 more per square foot than projects built without PLA mandates. 

According to Associated Builders and Contractors, the study corroborates past academic research that shows anti-competitive government-mandated PLAs prevent taxpayers from getting the best return on their investment.

The full study is available at beaconhill.org.