Inflation Is Affecting Us All. Here’s How Prevailing Wage Can Soften The Sting.
Prices everywhere are increasing.
We see it in grocery stores, at the gas pumps and even on our utility bills. A few cents here and a couple percentage points there can add up quickly.
In June and July of 2022, prices were up 8.3 percent compared to a year ago, which is the highest rate of increase in 40 years, according to NBC News.
Whether it’s a gallon of gas or milk, ... Continue Reading »
Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs – The Pathway to a Better Life
In America, we encourage and celebrate a college education. College may be an option for those with the desire and family resources a university degree requires. But a new national study finds that union apprenticeship programs in the construction trades result in a quality of life equal to that of a college graduate.
The Illinois Economic Policy Institute found that graduates of joint labor-management apprenticeship programs in the construction industry ... Continue Reading »
Bright Futures Made Possible by Prevailing Wage
There’s a way to provide a future for young West Virginians, ensure they have good-paying jobs, and prepare them for the future. It’s called prevailing wage.
Prevailing wage is the minimum hourly wage that contractors working on government-funded infrastructure projects pay local workers. Prevailing wage ensures local workers are paid fairly – based on a regional survey of rates for their particular level of skill and experience.
Local contractors ... Continue Reading »
Prevailing Wage Will Reunite Families and Raise Our Standard of Living
By Providing a Pathway to a More Secure Life
Prevailing wage ensures that West Virginians get the first shot at good-paying jobs on tax-funded public works projects. It also provides health care coverage and retirement benefits to those working on these projects. So instead of being forced to leave West Virginia to find work, our family members can live and work here at home where they belong. Prevailing ... Continue Reading »
The Law Of Unintended Consequences
It’s called the law of unintended consequences. When it comes to government, it refers to unanticipated effects of legislative activity. Economists have long been aware we must heed this law to avoid a domino effect of lousy results from new policies. But, as a Forbes writer once observed, “for just as long, politicians and popular opinion have largely ignored it.”
Consider House Bill 2008, which our state Legislature passed into ... Continue Reading »
Want To Fix Potholes? Start With A Living Wage For West Virginia Families.
If you ask a West Virginian what they’d change about our state, there’s a high chance you would hear about potholes, crumbling roads, or poor internet connection.
They’re common complaints among many who live in the Wild and Wonderful. And they’re partially to blame for our population declining as young adults seek less complicated, more lucrative areas of the country to put down roots.
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How to Create Jobs for Young People in West Virginia
West Virginia is full of incredible outdoor adventure, beautiful mountains and endless opportunities.
Recently, the Mountain State became home to the country’s 63rd national park: The New River Gorge. The sweeping vistas give way to hiking trails, blooming rhododendrons and some of the best whitewater rafting in the world.
This new designation will bring in outside tourism at a scenic, federal property while providing an employment opportunity for locals – ... Continue Reading »
More Deaths Than Births In West Virginia
Young adults are the lifeblood of a state’s future—but what happens when that lifeblood runs dry?
It’s no secret that young people are leaving West Virginia. In fact, U.S. Census Bureau data confirms we’ve now lost a higher percentage of residents than any other state in the country. And with one of the highest numbers of elderly folks in the nation, we’ve ... Continue Reading »
Governor Justice “brutally honest” about prevailing wage repeal.
“I mean really and truly let’s just be brutally honest. We passed the right to work law in West Virginia and we ran to the windows looking to see all the people that were going to come…and they didn’t come. We got rid of prevailing wage, we changed our corporate taxes and we did a lot of different things, and we’ve run to ... Continue Reading »
Raising the Minimum Wage!
Here is an article from USA Today (Dated: December 31, 2020) where Twenty states are planning to raise their minimum wage in 2021 which may help struggling workers in an uncertain economy.
Minimum wage set to rise in 20 states, 32 localities as growing number adopt $15 an hour
With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, layoffs mounting and $2,000 stimulus checks for U.S. households looking highly uncertain, there couldn’t be a better time to bump ... Continue Reading »