Recently, a repeal of West Virginia's Prevailing Wage Act was sent to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D). The bill barely passed by a margin of 18-16. Democrats spoke for passionately against the premise that this bill would increase the number of state-funded construction projects and create more jobs:
“We’re saying the reason we don’t have good-quality jobs is because we’re paying our workers too much,” said Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley.
While Republicans said that the current economy was proof that the Prevailing Wage Act was not working:
“Socialistic tendencies to guarantee outcomes has not worked, and West Virginia is a classic example of an economy in decline,” said Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson. “We have to change how we do business in West Virginia, and taking on hard or confrontational issues is what we should be doing.”