I had a Davis-Bacon wage job come up recently- needed a few guys for 6 weeks, at a wage well over the prevailing rate here- talked to several guys of a contractor who I knew had been laid off and were on unemployment. Not one of them would take the job. Too lucrative to be on unemplyment- it's very close to your regular rate, its steadier than actual work, and you become eligible for all sorts of other benefits, too.
Davis-Bacon was my worst nightmare as the manager of a small construction company.
On one fairly small job (under 25k), I had TWO D-B compliance people up to my chin because I wasn’t charging the taxpayer enough.
Davis-Bacon is nothing more than forcing the honest businessman to over-charge as to be competitive with union douchnozzles. And then we get to pay for the douchnozzle oversight people’s salaries (who otherwise couldn’t make change at the local 7-11)