News reports this week cover legislative action in four different states to reduce the scope of prevailing wage laws on public projects. Whatever your opinion on prevailing wage laws – love them, hate them, or somewhere in the middle – the effort to reduce the reach of those laws appears to be gaining momentum. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported
on Nevada Senate passage of a bill to exempt school and university construction projects from prevailing wage laws. In Kentucky, the River City News
ran an article
on a Senate bill to exempt public schools from the prevailing wage law. The Charleston Daily Mail
(West Virginia) ran an opinion
piece, citing pending legislation in WV and supporting a modification of that state’s prevailing wage law. And in Indiana, as reported by ENR
, the House Labor Committee has voted to repeal the state prevailing wage law and eliminate the boards that establish prevailing wage amounts. Legislation in four states is not a tidal wave. But laws passed in a few states to reduce the breadth or impact of prevailing wage laws will likely result in more efforts to do the same in a greater number of states. Gradual reduction in the scope of prevailing wage laws is much more likely than outright repeal.