The Kochs’ model Governor, Indiana’s Mike Pence, did even more damage to Indiana’s reputation this week when he signed a bill into law repealing Indiana’s common construction wage. The repeal does away with local boards that ensure construction workers earn a fair wage when building public projects.
The Kochs, who have attacked minimum wage laws nationwide, came out with full-throated support of Pence’s bill. Americans for Prosperity, the Kochs’ political arm bought radio ads in Indiana pushing the bill. The Kochs’ love affair with Pence goes back a long way. As Governor of Indiana, Pence enacted tax cuts, which benefited the state’s top earners — a move straight out of the Koch playbook. Also, at least three different former Pence staffers who are now embedded in the Kochs’ political network. Indeed, AFP operatives are so enamored with Pence’s Koch-backed policies that they held up Indiana as a example of a “model state” in a memo to donors last year.
In a deja-vu inducing move, the Kochs are backing the Republicans across the country who are pushing the repeal of minimum wage laws at the expense of working families. In Wisconsin, AFP lobbied in favor of Governor Scott Walker’s repeal of “right-to-work“ laws and overturning the state’s prevailing wage. Now the Kochs have their sites set on Michigan, where AFP is lobbying to abolish the state’s prevailing wage.