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Taxpayers Prevail in Bay City

… to repeal the city’s prevailing wage ordinance on Feb. 6. The … Michigan with their own prevailing wage ordinances that either … require the payment of union wages on all local-government funded … Center research shows that prevailing wage ordinances increase the … Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law by Labor Policy Director …

House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

Repealing prevailing wage a top priority

… Repealing Michigan's Prevailing Wage: “Prevailing wage laws hinder economic growth … December 1994 to June 1997, prevailing wage laws were suspended because … states have repealed their prevailing wage laws, bringing the number … “Municipal ordinances governing wages and benefits known as ‘sick …

Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Needs to Go

… landscapers and many, many more, the wages they might earn are set by … a 1965 law known as “prevailing wage,” where hyper-specific union wages are set for anyone doing public … critique of repealing prevailing wage laws is that it doesn’t … repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law, and the Secretary …

How Much Will the Repeal of Prevailing Wage Save Taxpayers in Michigan?

It’s complicated, but a reasonable estimate is in the hundreds of millions

… Michigan has repealed its prevailing wage law, the big question … $250 million. If the prevailing wage added 10 percent to the … is how much mandated union wages have added to the cost of public … example, showed that the prevailing wage law led to 16 percent … affected each year by the prevailing wage law. According to the …

Kersey: End Prevailing Wage

… Director Paul Kersey in this Detroit Free Press Op-Ed calls for an end to prevailing wage in Michigan. You can read Kersey's study about the effects of the state's prevailing wage law, including additional costs to taxpayers, here.

Republican U.S. Rep. Upton Joins Dems to Uphold Mandatory Union-Scale Wages

Amendment would have repealed 'prevailing wage' mandate on federal projects

… voting to uphold union prevailing wages on federal construction … prevent the repeal. Prevailing wage laws ensure that arbitrary union-scale wages must be paid on government … the bids received. "Prevailing wages demand that the U.S. … federal law mandating prevailing wages is known as the Davis-Bacon …

State's Purchasing Manual Includes Unlawful Union Preference

So-called prevailing wage requirement still applies in manual; spokesman says it’s a mistake

… to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law last year, contracts … the payment of union-level wages to construction workers. But … for more information on prevailing wage requirements leads to … page that states the prevailing wage law was repealed in June … will no longer issue prevailing wage rates for use by contractors. …

Prevailing Wage Research Cited in Detroit News

Repealing the law could save taxpayers millions every year

Michigan's prevailing wage law mandates hourly pay for workers on public projects, often inflating wages 10 to 15 percent above market rates. Consistently … Mackinac Center research in her column on prevailing wage in the May 8 edition of the Detroit News. …

Bay City Repeals Prevailing Wage Ordinance

… to repeal that city’s prevailing wage ordinance, something no … done, to our knowledge. A prevailing wage law mandates union scale wages on government funded construction … $100,000 exempt from the prevailing wage ordinance. I covered that … titled “Bay City Amends Prevailing Wage Ordinance.” It was expected …

Bay City Amends Prevailing Wage Ordinance

… voted to amend the city’s prevailing wage ordinance to exempt contracts … significantly — eliminates the prevailing wage mandate when Bay City … meeting this month. A prevailing wage law mandates that union-scale wages be paid on construction work … Federal, state and local prevailing wage laws can exist simultaneously. …

Prevailing Wage Repeal is Sound Policy

However, not all reforms are cuts

… repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. It is an expensive … projects. Bills to make prevailing wage an artifact of history … actually "cuts." State prevailing wage laws mandate that construction … pay fabricated union scale wages. Our 2007 study, “The Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law,” by Paul Kersey reported …

Skorup Joins Pat Johnston for Prevailing Wage Discussion

The two debated repealing the law on the Art Lewis Show on WSGW

… have the opportunity to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, which mandates that government projects pay union wages to all laborers, regardless of market wages.  Jarrett Skorup recently debated the issue with …

And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report

Hike taxes, extend term limits, repeal "prevailing wage"

… Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 4001, Repeal “prevailing wage” law Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) … Price (R), respectively, to repeal the state “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government … the lowest bid unless the contractor pays “prevailing wages,” which are based on union-submitted pay …

Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan

Prevailing wage, the May 5 ballot proposal and energy are all on the table

… repealing the state’s prevailing wage law as their top priority, … legislation to repeal the prevailing wage law? “The key word here … would expect to see a prevailing wage repeal finding its way … decided that repealing the prevailing wage wouldn't harm his efforts … attached to a repeal of prevailing wage,” Ballenger added. Mark …

Study: Prevailing Wage Costs Taxpayers, Schools $224 Million Per Year

Confirmation: Mandating higher costs on construction projects makes them cost more

… confirms that the state's prevailing wage law imposes a large cost … found that Michigan's prevailing wage law costs taxpayers, public … government to pay union scale wages and follow union work rules. … yet been taken up. “Prevailing wage costs the taxpayers of … about the wastefulness of prevailing wage and provide further support …

Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

Arbitrary rate harms taxpayers, school districts

Michigan’s prevailing wage law sets an arbitrary mandate for … of Republicans is to lower wages and have people work for less," … arbitrary rate that raises wages with no harm to taxpayers or … the state double the prevailing wage rate? The reason is that … real costs to Michigan’s prevailing wage policy. Because of it, …

Lawmakers Repeal Prevailing Wage and Pass Work Requirements for Able-Bodied Medicaid Population

Repeal of union wage mandates and application of Medicaid work requirements will benefit taxpayers and Michigan’s economy

… which eliminate costly “prevailing wage” mandates on public construction … workforce. Michigan's "prevailing wage" law mandated union wage scales on public construction … expensive firms. “Michigan's prevailing wage law was the most stringent … Following the repeal of prevailing wage, the Legislature passed …

Prevailing Wage Law Wastes Taxpayers' Money

… Michigan's so-called prevailing wage law, which unnecessarily … at artificially high union wage rates. This means that even … more by mandating inflated wages for all construction workers, … non-union. Because of the prevailing wage law, Michigan taxpayers … and repeal the wasteful prevailing wage law. For the Mackinac …

County Prevailing Wage Law Could Add Millions To Taxpayer Costs

'Union-scale wages' means Muskegon County jail proposal will be extra pricey

… jail, and the county's prevailing wage law means local taxpayers … million for the project. Prevailing wage laws mandate that union-scale wages be paid on construction work … nothing about federal prevailing wage laws, which apply if federal … only have to pay the prevailing wage on local projects if they …

Is State's Prevailing Wage Law at Risk of Being Tossed?

A citizen initiative would trump Gov. Snyder's promised veto on any repeal legislation

… repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law. On Tuesday, the Board … pledged not to sign a prevailing wage repeal as part of the … initiative to repeal the prevailing wage would take the governor … Legislature to repeal prevailing wage, assuming sufficient signatures … entities to pay a set minimum wage for workers based on union …

The Weak Case Against Repealing Prevailing Wage

It's risky to draw conclusions from faulty data

… the effect of repealing prevailing wage mandates. The first one … The effect of repealing prevailing wage mandates, which require … Indiana, which repealed its prevailing wage mandate in 2015. The report says that repealing the prevailing wage mandate “had no impact … Indiana repealed the prevailing wage mandate to the average …

Bad Information About the Prevailing Wage Abounds

Lawmakers should be skeptical of a recent study

… Michigan’s now-defunct prevailing wage law. The first involved … would reinstate the costly wage mandate on government contracts … repeatedly criticized. Prevailing wage laws artificially inflate … Indiana repealed its prevailing wage law, the average wage … as a rationale for a prevailing wage requirement. In 2018 a …

Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Drives Up Costs

Government should do fair bidding for projects

… exactly what Michigan’s prevailing wage law does. The decades-old … these laws mandate specific wages for those working on government … for by taxpayers. The prevailing wage law often benefits larger … glazing contractors see prevailing wage as an essential benefit … any bill that undoes prevailing wage. But there is a solution …

Whitmer Reinstating Prevailing Wage is Unfair and Unnecessary

Put projects and services out for competitive bidding

… were only going to pay union wages, regardless of whether other … why, by reinstating “prevailing wage” for state contractors, … the opposite? This arbitrary wage floor raises prices on taxpayers … repealed the state’s prevailing wage law. The law had mandated union wage scales on public construction …

Archaic Prevailing Wage Law Should Be Repealed

State-imposed wages lead to unnecessary extra costs for taxpayers

… pay all contractors union wages for construction projects — the so-called prevailing wage. This wage rate is established … argue these wages were “prevailing” many decades ago, but today, … it comes to Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Average construction … triple the minimum wage — prevailing wage only pads the pay of already …

What Do We Know About the Impact of Prevailing Wage Laws?

Scholars should pay close attention to several points when reviewing the impact of these laws

… first state to enact a prevailing wage mandate, which generally … governments to pay a predetermined wage for work it contracts out, … spread and repeal of prevailing wage mandates created ample … of research. But the prevailing wage research literature reports, … published literature on prevailing wages and a somewhat incomplete …

What Happens to Public Works Employment after a Prevailing Wage Mandate Ends?

Public works construction employment in Indiana grew at a faster rate

… the effect of repealing prevailing wage mandates. The first one … state’s Common Construction Wage Act in 2015. The law imposed a prevailing wage mandate on construction … Institute, repealing the prevailing wage mandate had a disappointing … blamed on the end of the prevailing wage. Like the institute’s …

Half a Million Prevailing Wage Rates For 162,000 Construction Workers

Michigan’s prevailing wage law requires contractors who bid on state, school … government construction projects to pay wages based on union pay scales. In practice, … public officials get the required wage rates from complex pay schedules and … identified well over 500,000 different wage classifications in Michigan. Yet, there …

Whitmer’s Prevailing Wage Move Favors Unions Over Taxpayers

… law and reinstating a prevailing wage mandate for state construction … research on the impacts of prevailing wage and supported its repeal … its anti-competitive prevailing wage law, state construction jobs and wages both increased significantly. Reinstating prevailing wage is a misguided decision …

Unions That Say Prevailing Wage Law Protects Retirees Mismanage Worker Pensions

Reports show Michigan construction union pensions in ‘critical’ condition

According to Michigan Prevails, a union-supported advocacy website, … state law called the prevailing wage “strongly supports the … credibility of their claims. Prevailing wage laws like Michigan’s prohibit … the contractor pays union wages and enforces union work rules. … imposed on contractors by prevailing wage laws drive up the cost …

City Spends $300,000 Extra On Construction Projects To Pay Union Wages

Michigan eliminated prevailing wage law but Royal Oak wants to pay more

… repealed its law mandating union wages on public construction projects, … projects be paid at “prevailing wage” (union level) rates. … action, the break from the prevailing wage requirement has not been … or compensate workers at prevailing union rates. According … the repeal of mandated prevailing wages, unions and their allies …

Why Michigan Should Repeal Prevailing Wage

Law benefits big companies at the expense of taxpayers

… arbitrary and archaic prevailing wage. Michigan’s prevailing wage law — which mandates a wage for laborers working on certain … for higher bills. The prevailing wage costs taxpayers hundreds … the argument against prevailing wage in an interview on WDET …

Legislature Looks at Repealing Prevailing Wage

Center experts made suggestion 20 years ago

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, said today that the Michigan Legislature will seek to repeal the state’s costly prevailing wage law. Here is more information on why such a policy change would benefit Michigan.

Do Construction Wages Fall after Ending a Prevailing Wage Mandate?

Evidence shows the repeal was a win-win for construction workers

… state’s Common Construction Wage Act. This Great Depression-era … amount, commonly known as a prevailing wage. The law’s repeal raised … It states that construction wages fell by 8.5% from 2014 to 2016 … repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. Sound advice, to … before Indiana ended its prevailing wage law — employment rebounded …

Politics Prevailed With Michigan's Minimum Wage Increase

Event today will discuss ways to mitigate the harm caused by the forced wage mandate

… government didn’t prevent a minimum wage increase and an increase in … corner to prevent a minimum wage ballot initiative that would … Michigan GOP to hike the minimum wage. Instead they implemented a … have increased the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, indexed … exchange for the $9.25 minimum wage the minority party will supply …

Prevailing Against Prevailing Wage

Law forces taxpayers to spend millions more than necessary on state projects

… has been introduced to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, according to The Saginaw News. Paul … Michigan Legislature recently that the state’s prevailing wage law costs taxpayers an additional $200 million … million a year because the law requires union-scale wages be paid on all construction projects involving …

If At First You Don't Succeed, Sign and Sign Again

Coalition trying to repeal prevailing wage starts petition drive again

… to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law is starting over. … working to repeal the prevailing wage.” On Sept. 14, Protecting … responsibility.” Under Michigan’s prevailing wage law, public schools, state … the contractor agrees to pay wages based on union pay scales on … project. It is estimated the prevailing wage law costs Michigan taxpayers …

Is Repeal In The Cards For Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law?

Issue is on the legislative agenda

… to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. "I believe the votes … Leader.” Michigan's prevailing wage law mandates that union-scale wages be paid on construction work … group has opposed the prevailing wage law for years. "The legislation … non-union construction employees prevail in Michigan." Gov. Rick Snyder's …

Labor Expert Addresses Prevailing Wage

… 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,” … Mackinac Center analysts have shown that prevailing wage increases the cost of publicly funded projects. …

Prevailing Wage Repeal Critiques: Cookie Cutter Criticism

New reviews should be treated with caution

… producing papers about prevailing wage in different states, primarily … States that maintain prevailing wage laws should keep them. … Michigan repealed its own prevailing wage law in 2018, the same … mandates to pay union scale wages in publicly funded construction … roads and schools. The “prevailing” wage is typically determined …

Saginaw County Stops Requiring Union-Scale Wages On Government Projects

After state prevailing wage law was repealed, local versions became hard to administer

… or what is called a “prevailing wage” requirement The change … ABC claimed that imposing wage standards on county projects … not be enforcing the prevailing wage requirements contained … pressuring the county to drop the wage requirement nearly a decade … subsequent elimination of regional wage setting tables by state labor …

Cost of School Millage Approvals Inflated Because of Prevailing Wage Law

Taxpayers hit with an extra $35 million in costs because of law that favors labor unions

… they wanted to pay higher wages for the construction projects … because of the state's prevailing wage law, which mandates that … cover the costs of the prevailing wage, according to the Associated … repealed." Michigan's prevailing wage law, which has been in … will repeal Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law to save the state …

How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs

Schools, other government entities are forced to pay prices that have little to do with reality

… per hour. That’s the market wage for qualified glass-installers … Because of the state’s “prevailing wage” law, any glazier in Dickinson … paid $43.53 per hour. Prevailing wage laws force government … projects. “I believe prevailing wage has not benefited the … because of the state’s prevailing wage law. Without the law, …

Center Research Cited on Prevailing Wage Repeal

… repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law today. The story … “The benefits of the prevailing wage law to the state as a … evidence that strong prevailing wage laws are associated with … does not offset the higher wages that are also associated with strong prevailing wage laws.”

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money

… return of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act, a piece of special-interest … that has a so-called prevailing wage law.  Passed in 1965, … funds must pay contractors wages that are "prevailing" in the area in which the … actual effect of the prevailing wage law is to allow unionized …

Saginaw Fails to Repeal Prevailing Wage

… scheduled vote to repeal its “prevailing wage” ordinance for construction … costing more than $50,000. Prevailing wage laws prohibit granting … above-market, “union-scale” wages. In addition to state and federal prevailing wage laws, around 30 local … research indicates that prevailing wage laws increase the cost …

Repealing Indiana’s Union Wage Mandate Was a Win-Win

The bulk of research support these findings

… state’s Common Construction Wage law — more readily known as a prevailing wage. These laws, which are … key union argument for prevailing wage is that giving more money … that repealed Indiana’s prevailing wage mandate required the state … 2009 and 2014, when the prevailing wage law was in effect. Jobs …

How Much Will the Repeal of Prevailing Wage Save Taxpayers in Michigan?

It’s complicated, but a reasonable estimate is in the hundreds of millions

… Michigan has repealed its prevailing wage law, the big question … much these mandated union wages add to the cost of a project. … Peninsula showed that the prevailing wage law led to 16 percent … impacted by the federal prevailing wage law, the Davis-Bacon Act. … issued bonds. Without a prevailing wage law, schools will not …

Prevailing Wage Act Harms the Poor

… the state's so-called Prevailing Wage Act, which mandates that … true average construction wages, be tacked onto the rates paid … Lansing, through the Prevailing Wage Act, take the hard earned … those in need, the state Prevailing Wage Act is simply a reverse … involved at all here. The Prevailing Wage Act deserves repeal. Short …

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act: Will Common Sense Prevail?

… other states, has a "prevailing wage" law that effectively … projects. Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 mandates that "prevailing rates of wages and fringe benefits" be paid … The framework of the prevailing wage law also reflects the …

Kersey Testifies on Prevailing Wage

… and Ethics Committee regarding Michigan’s prevailing wage law, according to both MIRS Capitol Capsule and Gongwer News Service. Prevailing wage dictates that union-scale wages be paid on construction projects involving taxpayer …

What You Need to Know About the Initiative to Repeal Prevailing Wage

If sponsors gather enough signatures in time, then legislature votes

… repeal of the state's “prevailing wage” law. This law prohibits … pays the equivalent of union wages that often exceed market rates. … alleged deal and veto a prevailing wage repeal bill that has already … which wants to repeal the prevailing wage law through a process … to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law. It requires sponsors …

Mackinac Center President Calls for Eliminating SBT Through Spending Cuts, and for Deregulation of Telecom

Would exempt schools from Prevailing Wage Act: “Can’t support kids without euthanizing this dinosaur”

… for two major reforms: exempting the state’s school system from the Prevailing Wage Act, which regulates contracting for construction services; and changing … services and save money on health insurance costs. Reed argued that the Prevailing Wage Act raises construction prices for schools by $150 million annually …

Eaton County Dumps Prevailing Wage Law

Previous law mandated union-scale wages, driving up construction costs for taxpayers

… Eaton County repealed its prevailing wage law, opening up the local market to more competitive wages for construction jobs. The … to keep it in place. Prevailing wage laws mandate that union-scale … about federal and state prevailing wage laws, but they do have … action in repealing its prevailing wage law was the second time …

Stretch Taxpayer Dollars and Promote Equality in Government: Repeal the Prevailing Wage

… to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law submitted almost 400,000 … schools to pay union-scale wages. It also requires these companies … classifications and reporting. Prevailing wage artificially increases … estimates that “Michigan’s prevailing wage law has increased the … billion lower without prevailing wage, according the to report. …

A Way to Ease the Pain of Budget Cuts

… to repeal Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law of 1965 — which would … dollars every year. The prevailing-wage law applies whenever state … law, workers must receive the wage typical of those doing similar … which pay their workers prevailing market wages. But because of the prevailing wage law, all workers must …

Here's How Much Michigan's 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District

Taxpayers paying hundreds of millions extra

Michigan’s “prevailing wage” law costs residents more than $224 … people learn the cost of prevailing wage mandates for individual … eliminating the state’s prevailing wage law, which essentially … government to pay union scale wages and follow union work rules. … states that either have no prevailing wage or that attempt to use …

Michigan’s 50-Year Old ‘Prevailing Wage’ Law Repealed

… construction projects. The “prevailing wage” law required union wages on public projects, regardless … set hundreds of thousands of wage classifications every year. … eliminating it will mean lower wages and worse service. That’s a … summer. Eliminating the prevailing wage requirement means more …

Prevailing Wage Memorandum

… SUBJECT: Determination of Prevailing Wages under the Davis-Bacon … data used to determine prevailing wage rates in the construction … effects of Michigan’s prevailing wage law, www.mackinac.org/8907, … disproportionately benefited high-wage workers; workers in Michigan’s … wage will be treated as prevailing. Otherwise, a weighted average …

Prevailing Wages and Construction Costs

Prevailing wages raise labor costs. The impact that they have … 1) the extent to which prevailing wages exceed the wages that employers and workers … impact, if any, that prevailing wages have on worker productivity. … issue of the extent that prevailing wages exceed the wages that …

Rationales for Preserving the Prevailing Wage

… rationales for the enactment and retention of prevailing wage laws. The first is based on notions of social … workers on government projects from having their wages undercut as a result of “cutthroat” competition … The second rationale is that by establishing a wage floor for construction labor, governments encourage …

The Origin of Prevailing Wage Laws

Prevailing wage laws were first adopted during the Great Depression, … popular argument for prevailing wage laws was advanced by some … argued that by mandating higher wages for workers than what they … doubt many of the state prevailing wage laws was Northern union … that the idea behind "prevailing wages" was seen by some congressmen …

Center Cited on Prevailing Wage

… Paul Kersey, director of labor policy for the Center, that found Michigan's public schools could save about $250 million a year if the state's prevailing wage law was overturned.

Teacher Strikes, Prevailing Wage

… (the MEA) are very well-financed and deeply entrenched in the school districts.” Kersey also told The Daily Caller that overturning Michigan’s prevailing wage law could save taxpayers about $250 million a year.

Prevailing Wage Law

The state's Prevailing Wage law, modeled after the federal Davis-Bacon Act, … the state law could save 35% on the wage component of many construction projects, … 1992 were contracted out, and that wages represented 20.6% of costs, then $19.2 million in wages would be subject to increased competition.45 …

Prevailing Wage Laws

The state’s Prevailing Wage law, modeled after the federal Davis-Bacon Act, … state law could save 35 percent of the wage component of many construction projects, … not subject to Davis-Bacon, and that wages represented 20.6 percent of the costs, and the 35 percent wage savings noted above, then, potential …

There is Waste in Michigan’s Budget

Not all of it can be cut immediately, but some can redirected to roads now

A version of this article appeared in the Detroit News.  The prevailing view among many politicians is that the only way to spend more on roads and bridges is through a large tax increase. But that’s not the only way to prioritize road funding. There is plenty of waste in Michigan’s budget that lawmakers …

Prevailing Wage, Productivity and Cost-Effectiveness

Prevailing wage advocates claim that by boosting construction wages, the law promotes a better-trained … in states with strong prevailing wage laws — but this does not mean that prevailing wage laws are cost-effective. … compared states with strong prevailing wage laws to states without …

The Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law

A key problem with the high-wage, high-skill rationale, as discussed in detail … of the evidence indicates that prevailing wage laws do relatively little to … finding suggests that the artificial wage floor created by prevailing wage laws can result in higher costs …

Prevailing Wage Laws in Other States

Most states have prevailing wage laws, as does the federal government, … explicitly call for a minimum wage based on rates found in collective … of discretion to set prevailing wage rates, neither defining what constitutes a "prevailing" wage nor calling for the … detailed; Tennessee’s prevailing wage statute, for instance, …

Prevailing Wage and Construction Industry Compensation

… biggest beneficiaries of prevailing wage laws would seem to be … because they receive union wages on every project. But the observed effects of prevailing wage laws are different. In … states that repealed their prevailing wage laws between 1979 and … Labor and Economic Growth’s "prevailing" wages to the average wages …

The Case against Prevailing Wage Laws

There is, however, both theoretical and empirical evidence that casts doubts on the arguments above and suggests that prevailing wage laws are outmoded, ineffective, discriminatory, inefficient, and expensive to taxpayers. The force of these arguments has led some states to abandon long-enacted legi …

Employment Effects of Prevailing Wages by Race

… it was suggested that prevailing wages should reduce employment … consequences of strong prevailing wage laws, as well as possibly … with the theory that prevailing wage laws reduce financial … well as individual state prevailing wage laws. The Michigan strong prevailing wage law, however, seems to …

The Wages of "Prevailing Wages" Less Money for Education

… Michigan's so-called Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. This law, … artificially high union-scale wages, even if they can do the job … repeal, of Michigan's prevailing wage law could open up greater … Beginnings The original "prevailing wage" law, the federal Davis-Bacon … show that Michigan's prevailing wage law unnecessarily boosts …

Before Cutting Services or Delaying Tax Cuts, State Should Save $110 Million by Repealing Prevailing Wage Law, Analyst Says

For Immediate Release

… every year: Michigan's prevailing wage law. The state could thereby … Instead, Michigan's prevailing wage law prohibits awarding … the contractor pays "prevailing wages," which are based on union pay scales. These wage rates are usually well above … repeal of Michigan's prevailing wage law. This is a conservative …

Federal Rules Would Harm Work Centers for the Disabled

Proposed regulations would cause lower employment for those with special needs

… historically been exempt from minimum wage laws, but proposed rules from … centers from attempts to impose wage and hour regulations that are … integrated work at minimum wage or better and they have low … the Arnold Center has to have wage flexibility. Workers are paid … recommending “a fair and prevailing wage” for the disabled and …

Prevailing Wages, Economic Prosperity, and the Quality of Life

Prevailing wages were supposed to reduce poverty and improve … would want to go to the high-wage areas protected by prevailing wage legislation. If, however, … states that are "strong" prevailing wage law states, a group that … migrated out of the "strong" prevailing wage law states for other states. …

Prevailing wage adds to cost of government construction projects

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act: Will Common Sense Prevail? Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act mandates that artificially high union wages be paid for all state-financed construction …

Commentary: It's Time to Repeal Prevailing Wage Law

… overlooked. The state's prevailing wage law is ripe for repeal. The prevailing wage law requires that every … compensation that is based on union wages and benefits. This "prevailing" wage is actually a premium … conservatively estimate that the prevailing wage law adds $200 million …

Change How the State Calculates Prevailing Wages

… state’s calculation of the prevailing wage so that it reflects actual … realize after repealing the prevailing wage law. Such a change would … redrafting of the law. The prevailing wage statute currently calls … rates in determining prevailing wages. The statute should instead … labor to calculate the average wages of all qualified workers, union …

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act: A Disaster for the Taxpayers

… which requires that the "prevailing wage" be paid to workers on … Labor decides is the "prevailing wage" for each type of work done. This prevailing wage is determined by taking a survey of wages paid for a type of work in … Michigan passed its own Prevailing Wage Act in 1965 providing …

Another Perspective: Prevailing Wages and the Larger Work Force

Under the state prevailing wage law, the workers receiving the … the city of Detroit’s "living wage," which is intended to ensure … wage.[36] Michigan’s prevailing wage law boosts these wages, … Wage and Hour Division’s prevailing wage determinations for Wayne … is not what Michigan’s prevailing wage law does. To the contrary, …

Revise the Prevailing Wage Law To Focus on Low-Wage Workers

… rein in the cost of the prevailing wage while leaving a floor beneath construction wages is to establish what might be called a "median-wage rule." Under this median-wage … agreements in setting prevailing wage rates, but the law would … to generating accurate prevailing wage determinations, this median-wage …

The Overall Cost of the Prevailing Wage for Michigan Taxpayers

… conclude that Michigan’s prevailing wage law, by mandating union wage rates on all public construction, … mandates the payment of prevailing wages on any project where … negligible if Michigan’s prevailing wage law were repealed. The … assume that the state prevailing wage law increased construction …

GOP Establishment Standing in Way of Prevailing Wage Reform

… asked about Michigan’s prevailing wage law. “I absolutely won’t … improvements) as long as we have prevailing wage in Michigan,” he said … mandates that union-scale wages are paid on state construction projects. Prevailing wage laws inflate the costs … “the most restrictive prevailing wage laws in the country." …

Scheduled Saginaw Prevailing Wage Repeal Vote Quietly Killed

… scheduled vote to repeal its “prevailing wage” ordinance for construction … costing more than $50,000. Prevailing wage laws prohibit granting … above-market, “union-scale” wages. In addition to state and federal prevailing wage laws, around 30 local … research indicates that prevailing wage issues laws increase the …

Prevailing Wage Law Hurts Workers, Economy, According to New Analysis

MIDLAND— "Prevailing wage" laws, which mandate union-scale wages for all work involving state … should repeal the state's prevailing wage law, say study author … suggest that Michigan's prevailing wage law stifles economic growth, … months when Michigan's prevailing wage law was inoperative with …

Expanding Lansing’s Prevailing Wage Would Reduce Jobs, Hike Cost to Taxpayers

Economic impact could be “severe,” says Mackinac Center labor policy director

… MIDLAND — Expanding the prevailing wage requirement in the city … study on the state’s prevailing wage law. News reports indicate … ordinance that would impose a prevailing wage requirement on private … government projects to pay the prevailing wage — usually the union wage — to workers. Paul Kersey, …

Prevailing Wage Costs Taxpayers $250 Million Annually, Reduces Construction Jobs, Primarily Benefits High-Wage Construction Workers

“A trifecta of bad public policy,” says Mackinac Center senior labor analyst

… estimates that Michigan’s prevailing wage law, which requires union wages to be paid on state construction … the study. Michigan’s prevailing wage law also appears to decrease … Mackinac Center. "Michigan’s prevailing wage law effectively boosts … what Michigan law calls a ‘prevailing’ wage is actually an above-market …

Prevailing Wage Repeal Would Save State $400 Million Annually

Public Schools Alone Would Save $150 Million

… state law that establishes wage rates for workers on state … that the law, called a "prevailing wage" law, inflated government-funded … Policy Robert Hunter, the prevailing wage law is a luxury the state … costs from repeal of the prevailing wage would more than make up … citizens." The state’s prevailing wage law effectively requires …

Center Cited in Detroit, Grand Rapids

… Rapids Press highlights a 2007 Mackinac Center study on Michigan's prevailing wage law and calls for the act's abolition. "The Effects of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law," by Labor Policy Director Paul Kersey, examines the rationale …

Commentary: A Legislative Agenda for 2014

Get back to the 2011 and 2012 reform agenda.

… systems to new employees. -- Repeal the state prevailing wage law that prohibits granting government construction … public education. -- Repeal Michigan's minimum wage law, don't increase it. As Mackinac Center for … policy Michael LaFaive put it, the only true minimum wage is zero, which is what many more low-skill workers …

Bye-bye Prevailing Wage Law? Repeal Campaign Turns In 390,000 Signatures

Just 252,523 needed to force up or down vote in Legislature

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Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money

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Could a Backroom Political Deal Stop Prevailing Wage Repeal?

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