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Missouri Prevailing Wage Concerns
By Gretchen Bolander
WEBB CITY, MO.--- A Webb City state representative is hoping to make some changes to the way prevailing wage laws are applied in Missouri. Charlie Davis is supporting a measure to exempt some municipal projects from the prevailing wage standard. Specifically, he says that if a person or group wants to volunteer to perform work for a city, that city shouldn't be expected to pay.
"Whether it's the local Cultivator's Club, the Elks, the Moose, the Lions - all of these groups, the rotaries, volunteers. If we limit the ability of people to volunteer to better our communities, then we've done an injustice," said Representative Charlie Davis, Missouri District 162.
Davis says a 2013 Carl Junction project involving volunteers prompted his support of the bill. A state agency initially told the city those volunteers would have to be paid for their work, but the group was later able to carry out the plan.