Prevailing Wage Debate Continues Among WV Officials

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The Internet brings information to the average person as quickly as a question can be Google'd. So, how is it that West Virginia's lawmakers and officials aren't quite sure how, exactly, to come up with a calculation as to what the state's prevailing wage for public construction jobs should be?

To go way back to the start of the issue, West Virginia was the only state created out of the Civil War, which is around the same time "the prevailing wage" became a phrase. Congress passed a law that established the requirement for "paying the local prevailing wages on public works projects for laborers and mechanics." The law applied to contractors and subcontractors performing work on "federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration or repair of public buildings or public works," according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 


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