Mackinac Center research was cited in the Livingston Daily Press & Argus about the possible repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law today.

The story cites this 2007 study by Paul Kersey, former director of labor policy, which shows the law increases the cost of publicly funded construction projects by 10 to 15 percent.

“The benefits of the prevailing wage law to the state as a whole are minimal,” Kersey wrote at the time, according to the Press & Argus. “There is some evidence that strong prevailing wage laws are associated with modest improvements in per-man-hour productivity, but this increase does not offset the higher wages that are also associated with strong prevailing wage laws.”

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