Labor Policy Director F. Vincent Vernuccio addressed about 40 people Monday night at a meeting regarding prevailing wages and a proposed new jail in Muskegon County, according to MLive.

“Essentially prevailing wage costs taxpayers and it takes out competition,” he told the group. “And it doesn’t allow as many people to get jobs, because the cost of labor is artificially high.”

Mackinac Center analysts have shown that prevailing wage increases the cost of publicly funded projects. It is estimated in this instance that it could cost Muskegon County taxpayers an additional $2 million.

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