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Prevailing Wage Marks Dip Slightly Overall

Construction Labor
Daniel Walker
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia workforce officials say most rates under the state's new prevailing wage for public construction projects are dropping slightly.

The new prevailing wage became effective Wednesday. WorkForce West Virginia research director Jeff Green says 58 percent of rates for various jobs dropped, while 42 percent increased. He used Kanawha County for the comparison.

The agency surveyed about 5,000 contractors about their rates, and 74 percent responded.

The Republican Legislature has scrutinized how Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration recalculated the wage under a new law. The GOP questioned using surveys, considering the last survey's response was less than 10 percent. Republicans say rates have been inflated.

Republicans have discussed repealing the wage when lawmakers convene in January.

The wage temporarily disappeared July 1 amid the tussle over its calculation.

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