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(Appeal Capitol Bureau) – Nevada’s new prevailing wage rates are now available on the labor commission’s Web site.

Prevailing wage scales by trade and by county are the minimum hourly rates which contractors must pay workers on public works projects.

They are set annually by a survey of the wages paid for different trades by more than 600 contractors on non-residential construction projects.

Labor Commissioner Michael Tanchek said the new rates take effect Oct. .

Carrie Foley, who handles prevailing wage calculations for the labor commission, said some of the trades went up in this year’s survey while others went down. She said there are also significant differences among Nevada’s 17 counties.

A cement mason foreman in Carson City would earn $31.30 an hour, while a journeyman would earn $29.80; a landscaper would earn $22.16. The rates for these are the same in Carson, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties. A roofer would earn $20.42 in Carson City, but $23.35 in Douglas, $19.63 in Lyon and $17.18 in Storey.

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The rates and classifications for more than 40 different trades are posted for each county at http://www.laborcommissioner.com

Foley said anyone with questions about the rates can also contact her at (702) 486-2795 or call the commission’s Carson City office at 687-4850.

$10,000 raised for March of Dimes

About 40 participants jailed for the March of Dimes Jail & Bail fund-raising event Thursday in North Douglas County raised more than $10,000 for the organization.

Jailed at the Sprint Store on Highway 395 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. , participants raised their bail money from friends and family members. All donations support the March of Dimes.

“It goes to the March of Dimes’ mission to stop premature birth and to save babies,” said Northern Nevada division community director Logan Laszczyk.

More than 70 people were involved. Food was donated by Albertsons and Wal-Mart.

Nevada gets $100 mil for military projects

Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and John Ensign, R-Nev., say Nevada will get more than $100 million for military projects and facilities in the state as part of the Military Construction bill which passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

That is in addition to the $200 million for a Veterans Administration hospital in Las Vegas.

“Ensuring our military is strong and well equipped is a top priority of mine and with this bill and funding, we increase the already important role Nevada plays in our national defense,” Reid said.

“Nevada continues to play a crucial role in the defense of our nation and it is urgent that we continue to provide the best equipment and training possible for our military personnel,” Ensign said.

The largest piece in the construction bill approved Wednesday is $60 million for an unmanned aerial vehicle facility at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs.

Another $22 million is designated for the F-22 Raptor facilities at Nellis Air Force Base along with $3.5 million for an airfield fire rescue station and $1.7 million for a bio-environmental engineering facility at Nellis.

Reno’s Air National Guard will get $16 million for an intelligence.

The bill won’t be finalized until after a conference committee meets to work out differences with the House version.