This week SB 361, a bill that would repeal the state’s prevailing wage, was on the Senate Government Organization Committee agenda. While the controversial bill was not taken up, it likely be next week.
According to a new WVCBP report out this week, “West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage: Good for Business, Good for Workers,” West Virginia lawmakers considering a repeal of the state’s long-standing prevailing wage are trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist, and could end up hurting working families and our local economy.
Supporters of the bill argue that eliminating the prevailing wage will save taxpayers money by lowering costs on public construction projects. As the graph shows, however, school construction costs in West Virginia are already lower than non-prevailing wage states.
2:00 PM – Attorney General’s Office (House)
3:00 PM – Department of Commerce (Senate)
3:00 PM – Veterans’ Department (House)
3:00 PM – Senior Services (Senate)
3:45 PM – Veterans’ Department (Senate)
9:00 AM – Department of Administration (House)
2:00 PM – Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (House)
3:00 PM – Department of Transportation (Senate)
3:45 PM – Parkways Authority (Senate)
9:45 AM – Arts and Education (Senate)
3:00 PM – Department of Administration (Senate)
3:45 PM – Department of Environmental Protection (Senate)
9:00 AM – Department of Soil Conservation (House)
10:00 AM – Department of Agriculture (House)
There’s a national push for calling on Congress to convene a constitutional convention of the states, with the goal of adopting a balanced budget amendment (BBA). Opponents say that there is no consensus among legal scholars that either the states or Congress can control what happens once a convention is convened, with actions taken going beyond the stated goal of passing a BBA. Read more about this threat to the U.S. Constitution in this blog post by Ted Boettner and Betty Rivard.
Kids and Families Day featured the world premiere of “The First 1,000 Days: Investing in WV Children When it Counts.” In case you missed it, the film’s television premiere is Monday, February 2 at 9 PM on your public broadcasting station. The film features our very own Ted Boettner!
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