From the Morning Memo:

The NAACP New York State Conference will announce Tuesday its opposition to legislation that would expand prevailing wage provisions to private construction projects that receive some public funding in the state.

The group is worried the bill would negatively effect the hiring of minority workers as well as minority and women-owned businesses.

“Advancing this legislation would undermine the State Legislature’s progressive agenda by taking good jobs and opportunities away from workers of color and MWBEs in New York’s construction industry,” said Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference.

“Any effort to hastily include this bill in the state budget would ignore the needs of thousands of black and brown New Yorkers and disregard the serious concerns raised by civil rights and faith leaders. If the Legislature really cares about progressive policies and protecting jobs in our communities of color, it must halt this bill now.”

Supporters of the legislation, which include building trades labor unions, argue the prevailing wage should be paid on any publicly financed construction project in order to avoiding undermining the cost of locally available labor. The bill under consideration is meant to address court rulings that constricted the interpretation of public works projects.

But the NAACP says the move would unfairly harm workers of color. The group pointed to industry studies that show three-quarters of the workers in “open shops” who live in New York City or black or Hispanic and live in one of the five boroughs.