Act II: Repeal the Prevailing Wage
Parkersburg, WV— Today, state Senate President Bill Cole will attend another gathering of political special interests in Parkersburg—bankrolled by the West Virginia Business & Industry Council (BIC). It’s a chance for politicians like Cole to make promises and curry favor with the state’s well-connected special interests. When groups like BIC summon Cole, he dances right along to their tune.
At the last BIC event, Cole unveiled his road funding plan that would pass the buck to the counties. Cole called for growing the size of county governments and forcing County Commissioners to raise taxes— a move right out of the Washington, D.C. playbook. County Commissioners have spoken out, and they aren’t happy about it. So, today is an opportunity for Cole to explain why he doesn’t want to do his job in Charleston.
“We don’t have anything called ‘CR.’ We don’t have anything called a county road in West Virginia. We need to send some of the roads back to the counties.”
[Exponent Telegram, 9.15.2015]
Since the new prevailing wage rates were released last week, Bill Cole has remained focused on cutting wages for West Virginia construction workers. You can bet that Cole will double down on his agenda to eliminate West Virginia’s prevailing wage at today’s meeting. It’s pretty obvious that Cole never really cared about getting more accurate wage data, because he wants to end honest wages for hard-working West Virginians.