A coalition of business groups — including several organizations that have been strongly allied with Gov. Andrew Cuomo — sent a joint letter to his office on Wednesday raising concerns with design-build language in his $142 billion budget proposal that would, among other things, require project-labor agreements.

“Delivering projects faster saves taxpayers’ money, creates good paying, private sector construction jobs, and results in stronger communities with safer infrastructure,” they wrote. “Including arbitrary and unnecessary labor requirements on the program will have the opposite effect. Our organizations strongly oppose mandating PLAs in conjunction with design-build projects, and urge this proposal to be removed before the 2014-15 state budget is finalized.”

The design-build process, of course, was enshrined in the state’s law for five agencies back in the December 2011 session to use the alternative project deliver method for public works projects.

Cuomo’s original budget proposal would have made the design-build law, which is due to expire, permanent.

At the same time, the spending plan would have extended design-build to local governments for projects over $50,000.

But in Cuomo’s 30-day amendments, the design-build language changed.

Now the law would be granted a three-year extension as opposed to a permanent one.

Local governments were also removed, and project-labor agreements would be mandated on all design-build projects worth more than $10 million.

The business groups aren’t happy with the changes to a measure they had feted less than three years ago — especially the project-labor stipulation, according to the letter.

“This provision will stifle the progress that New York State has made in infrastructure improvement and storm recovery efforts. Requiring the use of PLAs on design-build projects will negate all of the program’s potential benefits, rendering the application of design-build useless,” the wrote.

030514 Joint Ltr to Gov Cuomo_Design Build by Nick Reisman