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Generally speaking, when a party performs work on a public works project, the necessary remedy for non-payment is to make a claim against the payment bond.
Every state has some rule designating the value of an original contract for a public works project that necessitates that project be covered by a payment bond. The amounts that trigger that responsibility, however, differ from state to state.
This infographic explores some of the state rules and nuances about when a payment bond will be required for a state, county, municipal, or other public project.