Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a bill eliminating prevailing wage requirements for publicly funded construction projects, effective July 1. Indiana is now one of 19 states with no prevailing wage requirements on taxpayer-funded construction. 
According to the Indiana/Kentucky Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, which led the repeal, the 80-year-old law forced taxpayers to pay artificially high wages for publicly funded projects—averaging 10 percent to 20 percent more compared to private sector construction. In contrast, the new law is expected to save taxpayers money, enhance competition within the construction industry, eliminate government-mandated construction wages, eliminate the administrative costs of conducting and regulating the wage hearing process, and allow the state, local governments and schools to use public works dollars more effectively. 

In Michigan, state senators voted 22-15 to pass three bills rescinding a 50-year-old prevailing wage requirement on public construction projects. The repeal effort has the support of most Republican lawmakers in the state, as well as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan. The next step is consideration in the Michigan House of Representatives. In addition, the grassroots organization Protecting Michigan Taxpayers submitted citizen initiative language to the state Board of Canvassers to repeal the state’s prevailing wage regulations. Pending approval, the group will begin collecting more than 250,000 valid signatures to place the repeal before the state legislature