Attacks on Prevailing Wage Laws – Where’s the Tipping Point?

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.

About Stan Martin

Stanley A. Martin's Profile Image
Stan Martin holds a law degree and an undergraduate degree in architecture. He has been involved with the construction industry for more than 45 years, working in construction prior to law school and beginning his construction law practice. Over the course of his career, he has served on boards and committees for organizations including the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Massachusetts Building Congress.

Read More About Stan