Governor should sign right to work, prevailing wage bills

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail 


Sitting on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk in the state Capitol building are two bills passed by the Legislature he would probably rather not have to deal with.

Senate Bill 1, establishing the Workplace Freedom Act, makes it illegal for any worker in West Virginia to be required to join a union as a condition of keeping a job.

House Bill 4005 would repeal the state government-dictated prevailing wage on public construction projects. Under the new law, market conditions, not bureaucrats, would dictate the wages the companies pay for public projects such as schools, highways and government buildings.

Both bills passed both the House and Senate in relative high speed without a single Democratic vote.

While Tomblin is expected to veto both bills, he should alter expectations and sign both bills into law.

To veto the bills is to desperately cling to West Virginia’s past…

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