West Virginia Public News Service – At least 100 West Virginia contracting companies have written to state senators opposing the repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law, according to state lawmakers. Read
Many of the letters say the law keeps local contractors on a level playing field with out-of-state firms.
John Strickland, president of the Maynard C. Smith Construction Co. of Kanawha City, says the prevailing wage has given West Virginia contractors space to develop a skilled and productive workforce.
He says without it there’s nothing to stop outside companies from bringing in out-of-state, minimum-wage workers – and undercutting 300 to 400 local businesses.