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Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law and Its Effects on Government Spending and Construction Employment

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 requires contractors to pay artificially high union wages on all state-financed projects from road repair to school construction. This study examined the performance of Michigan's economy for two 30-month periods prior to and during the law's suspension by a federal district court and found that taxpayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually if the law were permanently repealed. The study also reveals prevailing wage laws' negative effect on job creation in the construction industry and their discriminatory impact on black and other minority workers. 21 pages. more

Jonah Goldberg on WJR with Frank Beckmann

Author speaking at Mackinac Center event Friday.


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Center Analyst on Pension Reform

James Hohman discusses school employee pension plan. more

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Center Analyst Discusses Right-to-Work Issues

Paul Kersey on WEMU. more

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Center Legal Analyst on WJR

Senate votes to end SEIU skim scheme. more

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Analyst Talks About Michigan Gas Tax

Legislators should prioritize road spending, not raise taxes. more

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James Hohman On Teacher Retirement System

Significant changes needed to rescue underfunded plan. more

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Center Analyst Discusses Union Ballot Proposal

Paul Kersey details "self-centered and reckless" initiative. more

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Victory for U-M Grad Students

New law prevents forced unionization of graduate students. more

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Closing the School Employee Retirement Fund

Center analyst explains how schools can save millions. more

Click for audio James Hohman on WXYT