Temporary Suspension

The Davis-Bacon Act allows the president to suspend prevailing wage requirements in cases of emergency, permitting faster and cheaper reconstruction of government buildings and speedier restoration of vital services and infrastructure.[71] As the state of Michigan confronts its own economic crisis, lawmakers should consider suspending prevailing wage as a means to balance budgets without increasing taxes or reducing state construction. During this time, the state could study the effect of the law’s suspension on Michigan’s construction wages, employment and quality.