The prevailing wage in West Virginia expired on July 1 of this year after a political battle between lawmakers and the executive branch, but WorkForce West Virginia says they’re still working to recalculate the wage.
The prevailing wage is the hourly rate workers are paid on construction projects that are paid for with state dollars.
Lawmakers attempted to repeal the wage rate during the 2015 legislative session, but instead passed a law calling on WorkForce West Virginia and economic researchers from Marshall and West Virginia universities to recalculate it.
The method of recalculation was presented to lawmakers in June, but the Joint Committee on Government and Finance voted it down. As a result, the wage expired on July 1.