CARSON CITY — A representative of Nevada builders and contractors says he fears the state's prevailing wages dwarf those in neighboring states and may have a chilling effect on the Silver State's construction industry.
Warren Hardy is a former Republican state senator, now president of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
He told a legislative panel Friday that while he supports prevailing wages, he believes Nevada's may be too high. Prevailing wage is the price the state pays for labor on public building projects. It signifies the wages, benefits and overtime paid to a majority of workers in a given area.
Hardy says the recent Las Vegas building boom skewed the wage high. He said a laborer's wage in Clark County is $42.94, while the rate in Arizona's Maricopa County is $14.28.