NV Assembly rolls back prevailing wage changes approved by 2015 legislature
The Republican bill OK’d in 2015 raised the amount of a construction project needed to trigger prevailing wage requirements from $100,000 to $250,000, while cutting the prevailing wage by 10 percent for public school and university projects.
The new legislation, Assembly Bill 136, changed both those standards back to what they were four years ago.
Assemblyman Skip Daly, D-Sparks, said the prevailing wage is designed to protect wages and work conditions and protect against unfair competition.
But Assemblyman Greg Hafen, R-Pahrump, argued AB136 will add millions to the cost of building public and charter schools. He said the fiscal notes put on the bill by school districts total some $35 million.
He was joined by Alexis Hansen, R-Sparks, who said it would add 25 percent to the cost of new schools.
The bill passed 28-12, with two members absent, and ordered to the Senate.
The news comes on the heels of a luxury home report from Nevada State Bank that showed in 2019, Northern Nevada’s high-value real estate market accounted for 418 home sales in 2019, an increase of 4.8 percent over 2018. The average luxury home price was over $1.8 million in 2019.