I read Steve Roberts' column and I believe Roberts probably has not stood on asphalt or concrete in steel toe work boots, a hard hat and safety vest. I'm also suspicious that those folks make that much money per hour. Even if they did, I'm sure that they help grow the economy. He or she probably drives a long distance to get to the work site. That requires buying gas and paying taxes. He or she may stay out of town and pay for a motel room. They may go out to eat, buy food, see attractions, etc. All adds to the tax base.