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West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage: Good for Business, Good for Workers

January 28, 2015
Construction workers hired for public projects in West Virginia must be paid a minimum “prevailing” wage and benefits level. This prevailing wage level must equal the market wage rates as determined by the West Virginia Division of Labor, and varies by geographical area within the state and by occupation.1 West Virginia’s prevailing wage law was first enacted in 1933, two years after the federal Davis-Bacon Act, which established a prevailing wage for federal construction projects.
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State of Working West Virginia 2014: Economic Recovery and Transition in the Mountain State

September 30, 2014
This report is the seventh in an annual series that examines the state of West Virginia’s economy as it impacts working people. Each year, we examine the latest available data on employment, income, productivity and job quality as well as the immediate economic challenges and opportunities. Read PDF of report.  The themes have varied from year to year with changes in the economy but the basic goal remains the same: to look at what can sometimes seem to be dreary numbers and indicators from the point of view of those who actually do the work.
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Everyone Benefits When Workers Have Access to Sick Days

September 11, 2014
Everybody Needs Time Off from Work and 227,000 West Virginia Workers Lack Access to Paid Sick Days: Caring for a sick child, an elderly parent, or ourselves, all of us sometimes need time off from work. But many workers in West Virginia don’t have any source of income when they must take time off for their own health or to care for their family.
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Meeting Our Budget Challenges: Fiscal Year 2016 and Beyond

January 22, 2015
At the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy’s 2nd Annual Budget Breakfast, Executive Director Ted Boettner recapped Governor Tomblin’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 state budget and the impact it will have on West Virginia’s low- and moderate-income working families. View his presentation here.
 
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    West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage: Good for Business, Good for Workers
    January 28, 2015 Construction workers hired for public projects in West Virginia must be paid a minimum “prevailing” wage and benefits level. This prevailing wage level must equal the market wage rates as determined by the West Virginia Division of Labor, and varies by geographical area within the state and by occupation.1 West Virginia’s prevailing wage law was first enacted in 1933, two years after the federal Davis-Bacon Act, which established a prevailing wage for federal construction projects.…
    Solving the Retirement Crisis in West Virginia
    October 22, 2014 As thousands of West Virginians approach retirement age, workplace retirement plans, along with Social Security and personal savings, are of growing importance. A secure retirement allows retired workers to live independently, pay for healthcare, and continue to contribute to the state’s economy.…
    State of Working West Virginia 2014: Economic Recovery and Transition in the Mountain State
    September 30, 2014 This report is the seventh in an annual series that examines the state of West Virginia’s economy as it impacts working people. Each year, we examine the latest available data on employment, income, productivity and job quality as well as the immediate economic challenges and opportunities.…
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    Budget Beat – January 30, 2015
    January 30, 2015 State Senate (Almost) Takes Up Bill to Repeal Prevailing Wage This week SB 361, a bill that would repeal the state’s prevailing wage, was on the Senate Government Organization Committee agenda.…
    West Virginia is Risking the Future of the U.S. Constitution
    January 28, 2015 by Betty Rivard and Ted Boettner West Virginia has been targeted by a number of conservative groups to adopt a resolution calling on Congress to convene a constitutional convention of the states, with the goal of adopting a balanced budget amendment (BBA).…
    Budget Beat – January 23, 2015
    January 23, 2015 It’s All About the Budget Around Here This week was all about the most important bill that will be passed this legislative session, the state budget.
    At Wednesday’s Budget Breakfast, Ted presented an analysis of Governor Tomblin’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 state budget (which will start on July 1, 2015) to a standing-room-only crowd.…
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