West Virginia Public News Service – West Virginia’s prevailing wage should be determined using in-state surveys instead of federal estimates, according to some contractors. The wage law was changed this spring. Read
Republican lawmakers say the state should now use Bureau of Labor Statistics figures to determine how much to pay construction workers on public projects. Glenn Jeffries, president of Cornerstone Interiors, just finished a WorkForce West Virginia wage survey. He says the state survey uses actual wage numbers, unlike the more general federal statistics, which are based on a statistical sample. Jeffries adds the federal numbers don’t allow for benefits.