Biden’s Weaponization of IRS Expands – DETAILS

(DailyEmailNews.com) – Doubling down on his efforts to target Americans’ already battered pockets, the Biden administration expanded the weaponization of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to boost labor unions and the green agenda.

The IRS and the Treasury Department introduced final wage and apprenticeship conditions for specific benefits in the inflation-boosting Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a large climate legislation Joe Biden signed into law in August 2022.

Although the administration presents these regulations as beneficial for manual workers, they are likely to primarily favor labor unions, which are dependable backers of the Democratic Party.

Experts in infrastructure policy and industry insiders suggest that these rules will escalate the already rising costs of projects supported by the IRA.

Ben Brubeck of the Associated Builders and Contractors expressed his criticism, saying, “If the Biden administration’s goal is to undermine taxpayer investments in the construction of critical clean energy infrastructure funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, this final rule is a wild success.”

He further noted:

“This bold weaponization of the IRS and end-run around Congress in an attempt to steer clean energy construction contracts to unionized labor and contractors—key election-year donors—by incentivizing private developers to require inflationary and exclusionary project labor agreements should be extremely concerning for taxpayers and clean energy advocates.”

The new stipulations mandate that private developers of certain projects funded by the IRA must stick to project labor agreements (PLAs), uphold the prevailing wage and provide apprenticeships to qualify for significant IRA tax credits.

Developers have the option to disregard these standards, but this would ban them from obtaining enhanced subsidies.

A PLA typically serves as a collective bargaining agreement in the construction sector. The prevailing wage is defined as the average wage for similarly employed individuals in a specific job within the intended employment area.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Heritage Foundation noted, “These rules definitely subsidize unionized workers, who are a tiny fraction of the American workforce, which is made up of about 168 million jobs.”

She continued, “So, a subset of workers get to benefit from additional subsidies, but many others will continue to face more difficulties.”

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