Back in the United States, opponents of the federal and state Davis-Bacon acts charge that the statutes inflate the costs of government construction projects and should be repealed. However; there seems to be a paucity of available studies providing the facts and figures to support such contentions. For that reason, the Review chose to publish The 1990 West Virginia Prevailing Wage Report.
The report was prepared by the School of Business and Management at the University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies in Institute at the behest of a state delegate. It was felt that a study by an objective academic body would avoid the charge of bias that labor or management would level, had one or the other commissioned the work. The study found that the state's prevailing wage law raised the average cost of public construction by about thirty percent.