Changes to West Virginia Prevailing Wage Take Effect Monday

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A law changing West Virginia's prevailing wage for construction projects is taking effect.

The law that rolls back parts of the state prevailing wage became effective Monday.

With the changes, the prevailing wage no longer applies to projects using $500,000 or less in public money.

Other requirements in the law aren't as immediate.

The law removes the wage's calculation from the state Division of Labor. Workforce West Virginia and West Virginia University and Marshall University economists will help calculate it.

There won't be a prevailing wage if it's not calculated by July, or Sept. 30, if the deadline is extended.

Lawmakers can approve the methodology.