CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A legislative report says West Virginia’s Division of Labor cited more than 500 violations of a jobs act intended to give local laborers the majority of roles on state-funded public works projects.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that contractors were fined more than $100,000 altogether during the 2018-19 fiscal year for failing to have at least 75% of their workers be from West Virginia or surrounding counties. A majority of projects were in compliance.
A June Legislative audit deemed the act ineffective and recommended its repeal. The audit suggested the law failed partly because of a federal provision allowing local markets to include counties within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the state line. The newspaper says millions of laborers in parts