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Low-Hanging Fruit Can Help Fund Roads

There's plenty of money in the current budget

… additional reforms (such as repealing a state prevailing wage law that increases the cost of government … circulate that to get Democratic votes on a minimum wage increase pre-empting an even worse ballot initiative, … hike sausage is not repealing Michigan's prevailing wage. That would be a shame, because doing so could …

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 …

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prevailing wage law, which mandates that … cover the costs of the prevailing wage, according to the Associated … repealed."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 …

A Center-Right Candidate Questionnaire that Digs Deeper

… local governments to impose criminal penalties, wage garnishment, foreclosure and more on a property … students? Would you support repealing the prevailing wage law that requires union-scale wages to be paid for school and other state construction …

Detroit Bailout Makes for Strange Bedfellows

… example, might they promise to not attempt a repeal of the state’s awful “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government contracts to the lowest bidder unless a firm pays above-market union wages? Statewide it has been estimated that this law costs taxpayers more than …

Emergency Manager Model Brings Fiscal Security to Pontiac

Lou Schimmel reflects on his tenure

… middle-range workers who kept their jobs, but they did have to take a reduction in wages. But overall, including police, fire, public service and administration, … interest. That was very contentious, and I was sued over it and fortunately prevailed. Overall, we reduced the debt from $115 million down to $28 million by …

A Legislative Agenda for 2014

… competitive state economy. — Repeal the state Prevailing Wage law that prohibits granting government construction … greater parental choice. — Repeal Michigan’s minimum wage law, don’t increase it. As Michael LaFaive put it, the  only true “minimum” wage is zero — which is what many more low-skill workers …

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 …

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 …

Court Ruling Supports State Law That Prohibits Discrimination of Non-Union Contractors

'Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act' back in force

… Agreement Ban Back In Place GOP Establishment Standing in Way of Prevailing Wage Reform Just One Michigan Republican Votes for Labor Union Monopoly … Lawmakers More Intimidated by Government Unions? Bay City Repeals Prevailing Wage Ordinance 25 Reforms in 2011 Costly Union Worker Special Favor Barely …

Fast Food Wages and Fabian Follies

… nationwide recently to claim that wages at fast food restaurants are too low. … amount too. The same principle should prevail in government: A receptionist at … whoever and whatever, everybody’s wage is exactly the same as everybody else’s. … assignment. The so-called “living wage,” defined as how much a person must …

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 …

Balance Increased Road Spending with Cuts

… following five suggestions are means to fill this gap: Repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law: estimated savings, $107 million. This state law punishes taxpayers … government construction projects pay an artificially high, union-related “prevailing wage.” The dollar estimate provided here comes from a 2007 Mackinac Center …

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.”

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 …

Policy Changes Lives

… “There is probably a 30% difference in wages when we do prevailing wage work. It’s an artificially high wage when I look at what it is that we’re … right now. It doesn’t match what the wages are in Michigan. It doesn’t come close.” …

Gas Tax and Fee Discussion Worth Having

… listed in our 2007 transportation study include repealing the state prevailing wage law and competitive contracting for road maintenance. Prevailing wage laws artificially raise the cost of government construction projects. …

Balance Increased Road Spending with Cuts

Tax, spending cuts should be pursued

… following six suggestions are one way to fill this gap: Repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law: estimated savings, $107 million. This state law punishes taxpayers … government construction projects pay an artificially high, union-related “prevailing wage.” The dollar estimate provided here comes from a 2007 Mackinac Center …

Cumulative Weekly Roll Call Reports 2013

… Senate Bill 157 and House Bill 4172: 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 regional union pay scales …

February 8, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

… Senate Bill 157 and House Bill 4172: 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 regional union pay scales …

Gas Tax and Fee Discussion Worth Having

… listed in our 2007 transportation study include repealing the state prevailing wage law and competitive contracting for road maintenance. Prevailing wage laws artificially raise the cost of government construction projects. …

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. …

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 …

Shouldn’t Enhancing Your Neighborhood Be Up to You?

… argument for leaving it to the private sector. In units with local prevailing wage laws, money may be wasted simply by paying union scale wages for the construction projects or by government escaping its proper limits.  …

Michigan Labor Law

… labor unions. Michigan’s prevailing wage law, for instance, explicitly requires the adoption of union wages and benefits.[*] This language … rules.[23] [*] Michigan’s “prevailing wage law” requires construction … state-financed projects to pay “prevailing wages and fringe benefits at the same rate that prevails on projects of a similar …

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 …

Lansing Builds a 'Scaffolding for Plunder'

GOP Representative supports

… argument for leaving it to the private sector. In units with local prevailing wage laws, money may be wasted simply paying union scale wages for the construction projects and due to distortions that arise when government …

Lawmakers, Governor Seeking To Get Project Labor Agreement Ban Back In Place

Judge overruled law that leveled the playing field for union/non-union workers

… seeking comment. ~~~~~ See also: GOP Establishment Standing in Way of Prevailing Wage Reform Just One Michigan Republican Votes for Labor Union Monopoly … Lawmakers More Intimidated by Government Unions? Bay City Repeals Prevailing Wage Ordinance 25 Reforms in 2011 Costly Union Worker Special Favor Barely …

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 …

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." …

Nation’s Highest Gas Tax Coming to Michigan?

… diverted to subsidize city buses, and some is wasted by mandating above-market wages on road projects through the state’s “prevailing wage” law. Another seven-eighths-of-a-cent-per-gallon tax originally intended …

Nation’s Highest Gas Tax Coming To Michigan?

… diverted to subsidize city buses, and some is wasted by mandating above-market wages on road projects through the state's “prevailing wage” law. Another 7/8 of a cent per gallon tax originally intended for …

'Birthday Tax' Unveiled in Lansing

… be to enact money-saving reforms, such as eliminating a so-called “prevailing wage” law that prohibits granting government construction contracts (including … bridges) to the lowest bidder unless the company pays above-market union wage scales. Spending gas tax money on non-motorized transportation projects …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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.

2011 in Review: What the Legislature Didn't Get Done

… were six bills that would have repealed the “prevailing wage” law that increases construction costs for … bidder unless the company pays so-called ‘prevailing wages’ based on above-market union pay scales?”  Ending the prevailing wage was one of several reforms supported by limited-government …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 6, 2011

… Bill 618, the Michigan Information & Research Service said in a separate report, seeking to require charters to offer transportation, requiring prevailing wages and limiting where charters can locate, among others. The only amendment that passed is one that lifts the cap on “Schools of Excellence,” MIRS …

House panel votes yes on lifting charter cap

… Bill 618, the Michigan Information & Research Service said in a separate report, seeking to require charters to offer transportation, requiring prevailing wages and limiting where charters can locate, among others. The only amendment that passed is one that lifts the cap on “Schools of Excellence,” MIRS …

Time to Abolish Project Labor Agreements

… payments are on top of the wages and benefits that they already … when state or federal prevailing wage laws already often dictate that workers receive union wages and benefits, with or without … and above the cost of prevailing wage laws in those states. … still burdened by a state prevailing wage law that imposes union …

PLAs: Some Good News for Taxpayers

No more directing construction work to union companies

… to the cost of construction. That's on top of the 10 percent that prevailing wage laws add. Which leads to the next task for the Legislature, repealing the state's prevailing wage law. But we're in a generous mood, so that can wait until after they …

Obamacare: "Final Report of Stakeholder Work Group Recommendations"

Text of Michigan Department of Community Health Document

… that led to the recommendation that there be a single state Exchange prevailed here. Administrative efficiency and avoiding the cost of separate entities … treasury data includes—and Bridges may supply—residency status. 3. Quarterly wage reports may supply employment status. 6/17/2011 Technology Work Group 31 …

Poached Goose Eggs

Granholm's record and the case for right-to-work

… been a spending-cutter, government employee compensation continued to rise beyond what was affordable, and labor union payoffs like the state’s prevailing wage law were not open to debate. Granholm may wish to ignore the whole subject of labor relations in order to avoid creating embarrassment for one …

A Philosophical Sea Change

… opportunity to reform union agreements (now signed into law) Repeal the prevailing wage Eliminate binding arbitration Abolish the charter schools cap Repeal … House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee regarding Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Hundreds of unionized construction workers chanted in protest, …

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.

On (Recent Events in) Wisconsin

… changes to the Emergency Financial Manager law that will allow EFMs to set aside union contracts, and legislators are poised to consider repeal of prevailing wage laws and binding arbitration for police officers and firefighters. Throughout the upper Midwest, and Michigan is no exception, labor unions have …

Bigger Fish to Fry

Proposal to end the Civil Service Commission doesn't quite get to the real problem

… small amounts. We estimate that the state’s prevailing wage law, which mandates the payment of union-level wages on state construction contracts, costs $200 to … quality of construction and minimal benefit to low-wage workers. And normalizing public-sector benefits, …

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 …

Chances for Local Government Union Pay Reform Good in House; Questionable in GOP Senate

… that the estimate includes no wage increases for city employees. … agenda. "Right to Work, prevailing wage and 312 get at what some … Policy, said that since 2002, wages for police workers have gone up 5 percent and wages for fire department workers … “Binding arbitration protects the wages and benefits of Michigan’s …

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 …

I'm Just a Bill

… HOUSE BILL 5523 Repeal “prevailing wage” law Introduced by state … repeal of the state “prevailing wage” law proposed by House Bill 5522. The “prevailing wage” law which prohibits awarding … the contractor pays “prevailing wages,” which are based on … a geographic region. These wage rates may be above the market …

MichiganVotes.org Feb. 18 Weekly Roll Call Report

… state money would still be subject to the “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government … bidder unless the contractor pays so-called "prevailing wages" based on union pay scales, which are generally … Bill 95 and House Bill 4224 would repeal “prevailing wage”. Referred to committee, no further action …

Turning Point in the Midwest?

… Kersey Testifies on Prevailing Wage Paul Kersey, director … regarding Michigan’s prevailing wage law, according to both … Gongwer News Service. Prevailing wage dictates that union-scale wages be paid on construction projects … to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, which prohibits granting …

A Reform Movement Is Born

Lawmakers in Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan zeroing in on the union establishment

… a bill to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, which prohibits granting … unless the company pays union scale wages. Enacted at a time when unions made … they all tend to make above-average wages anyway.  Rep. Price's bill would allow … basically limiting negotiable subjects to wages, and limiting pay hikes to the rate …

MichiganVotes.org Feb. 4 Weekly Roll Call Report

… benefits, repeal the state “prevailing wage” law and more. House … the penalty by working for no wage at a non-profit organization, … Senate Bill 95 (Repeal “prevailing wage” law) Introduced by Sen. … to repeal the state “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits … the contractor pays "prevailing wages," which are based on …

'Hire Michigan' Won't Increase Hiring in Michigan

… with if those companies hire Michigan-based workers would increase costs, Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive told WEYI-TV25. “We know that prevailing wage adds 15 percent to 20 percent to the cost of constructing new school buildings, for instance,” LaFaive said. While LaFaive thinks such a law …

Top 10 Budget Recommendations

… would save much more. » www.mackinac.org/5373 10 Repeal the state’s “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government construction contracts to the lowest bidder unless it pays above-market continued on other side wages. » www.mackinac.org/8907

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 …

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 …

A Fresh Start

… that would save much more. www.mackinac.org/5373 Repeal the state's "prevailing wage" law, which prohibits awarding government construction contracts to the lowest bidder unless it pays above-market wages. www.mackinac.org/8907 #####

All The Cool Guvs Are Doing It

Challenging the unions, that is

… illegal, and back up that prohibition with the termination of striking government employees. Finally, Kasich proposes that the state repeal its prevailing wage law. Add in the example of Indiana, where Gov. Mitch Daniels ended state employee collective bargaining via executive order, and Michigan is …

Weekly Roundup - Dec. 11

New York Times - Tax deal suggests a new path for Obama. Detroit News - Michigan should repeal "prevailing wage" laws. Connect Mid-Michigan - Child-care provider asks Supreme Court to end forced unionization. Milwaukee Journal - Governor looks to end public-sector unions. Washington Post - FCC "net …

Editorial: End PLAs

… drives up prices for government construction projects due to the “prevailing wage.” The editorial cites a study done more than a decade ago by Richard … an adjunct scholar with the Center. More information on Michigan’s prevailing wage law can be found here.

A MichiganVotes.org Apology to Rep. Dave Agema

… (Require photo on welfare "bridge cards") House Bill 5594 (Mandate public schools privatize non-instructional services) House Bill 5523 (Repeal "prevailing wage" law) House Bill 5351 (Authorize MEGA tax breaks for select "multimodal commerce" firms) House Bill 5291 (Withhold unemployment benefits if …

A MichiganVotes.org Apology to Rep. Dave Agema

… (Require photo on welfare "bridge cards") House Bill 5594 (Mandate public schools privatize non-instructional services) House Bill 5523 (Repeal "prevailing wage" law) House Bill 5351 (Authorize MEGA tax breaks for select "multimodal commerce" firms) House Bill 5291 (Withhold unemployment benefits if …

An Open Letter to Rick Snyder

What are your priorities?

… bargaining, allowing districts to reward teachers based on student performance without the need for union approval? Would you repeal the state's prevailing wage law, which adds hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the cost of government? Would you support repeal or substantive changes to the binding …

Candidate Questionnaire for Tea Party Activists: 2009-2010 Edition

Hard-to-dodge questions that suggest whether a candidate for the Michigan Legislature actually supports limited government principles

… average private sector benefit level? Would you support repealing the "prevailing wage" law that requires union-scale wages to be paid for school and other state construction projects? Would you support …

A Law Unto Itself

Police Contract Undermines Law and Order

… arriving at a fiscally sustainable package of wages and benefits with union officials who seek to maximize … instant that collective bargaining turns from wages and benefits to working conditions, which is unavoidable … resolution of the Township, the Agreement shall prevail.” This turns law enforcement on its head; the …

Hoekstra Is Only Above-Average GOP U.S. Rep. on 'Pro-Growth' Congressional Scorecard

… federalized health care and cap-and-trade legislation were worth 10 points each for a "no" vote, while a less consequential vote to reign in a prevailing wage law was worth just one point for a "yes" vote. In addition to the Congressional Scorecard, the Club is also known for its "RePork Card" ranking …

Benefits, Not Salaries, Key to School Costs

… Other areas where public schools could reduce overspending, Van Beek noted, include privatizing non-core support services, repealing the state's prevailing wage law that forces schools to spend an additional $250 million a year on construction, and embracing schools-of-choice.

Superintendent, Teacher Pay

… for school employees. Other ways schools can save a larger amount of money include privatizing non-core support services, repealing the state's prevailing wage law that forces schools to spend an additional $250 million a year on construction, and embracing schools-of-choice.

Superintendent Pay, Teacher Pay, and School Spending Reform

… for school employees. Other ways schools can save a larger amount of money include privatizing non-core support services, repealing the state's prevailing wage law that forces schools to spend an additional $250 million a year on construction, and embracing schools-of-choice.

Michigan’s GOP Congressional Team Scored Less 'Pro Growth' Than Party Peers in D.C. for 2008

… "yea" because Davis-Bacon requires wages to be paid at a "prevailing" union rate, which is almost always … expansion of Davis-Bacon requirements that wages be paid at a "prevailing" union rate, which is almost always …

Private Home Weatherization a Stimulus Spending Priority

… spreading out all over the country to talk about the bill. The weatherization projects in Michigan were delayed so the state could meet the prevailing wage acts required under federal law for weatherization work. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Michigan had designated nearly $200 million …

Gas Tax Hike Another Obstacle to Recovery

… Another big chunk of the road money gets sucked into an unconscionable transfer of wealth from taxpayers to union interests in the form of "prevailing wage" laws, "project labor agreements," etc. Plus, Michigan's state and local government full-time employees are getting $5.7 billion more in benefits …

Schools cutting, but also building

… Michigan OK projects, even as state cuts operating revenues," Jan. 16, 2010 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money," Dec. 13, 2001

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 19, 2010

… Michigan OK projects, even as state cuts operating revenues," Jan. 16, 2010 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money," Dec. 13, 2001 MICHIGAN EDUATION DIGEST is a service of Michigan Education Report (https://www.educationreport.org), …

How to Find and Eliminate Wasted State Money

… with county sheriffs' deputies who have lower wages and benefits. For private contracting to produce … This can occur through legal mechanisms like prevailing wage laws, or as a result of collective bargaining negotiations establishing higher wages and benefits. If Michigan public-sector benefits …

A Christmas Wish List for Michigan Policymakers

… would put public school teachers and state employees on the same plan. This could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law. This insidious requirement increases the cost of everything the government builds, from bridges to schools, by hundreds of millions of dollars …

Will the Real Reform Please Stand Up?

… would put public school teachers and state employees on the same plan. This could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law. The cost of this pernicious law appears in no budgets, but it increases the cost of everything the government builds from bridges to schools …

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 …

Cast Your Vote for Limited Government

… limited opportunity. Michigan also is harmed by a Legislature that refuses to adopt right-to-work protections for employees and clings to a prevailing wage statute that limits contracting options for the public sector and drives up costs. We need to return to the principles upon which America was …

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.

Mackinac Center in the News

… the Detroit Free Press regarding a push in Oakland County to pass a prevailing wage ordinance. Kersey's 2007 study on the issue showed that Michigan's prevailing wage law increased costs needlessly, especially for public schools. An …

Foul Ball

The Tigers don't quite make contact with the ticket tax

… programs, and reforming expensive but non-productive laws like the prevailing wage (which adds upwards of $200 million to state construction annually) … Relations Act (PERA is responsible for hundreds of millions annually in inflated wage and benefit costs.)   It’s perfectly understandable that the Tigers would …

Is MSU Hyping Project Labor Agreements?

School of Labor Relations holds conference on controversial construction rules

… contractors receive more than enough protection under the state's prevailing wage law, which mandates union wages on state construction and adds 10 percent to the cost of government construction. …

State or federal, protectionism hurts

… exceptions. The bills also impose “prevailing wage” provisions favored by unions on state contractors. (Prevailing wage is a law that prohibits awarding … the contractor pays so-called "prevailing wages" based on union pay scales in … or without the discriminatory prevailing wage provision, such mandates increase …

The Consequences for Democratic Self-Government

… they must offer competitive wage and benefit packages if they … financial advisors, develop a wage and benefits package, and present … considerably. Modifications to wages and benefits must be negotiated … workers are content with their wage and benefits packages, the … provision has been held to prevail. One result of the dominance …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 4, 2009

… Telegram, "Board to apply for stimulus fund loan," July 29, 2009 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "The Effects of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law," Aug. 27, 2007 Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Property Taxes and Home Values Deserve Closer Scrutiny," Oct. 30, 2008 MORE GROUPS BACK …

How to Save $2.2 Billion

… services, car-sharing and more. Savings: $112 million. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market rate wages be paid on school construction projects. Savings: $150 million. The Mackinac …

How to Save $2.2 Billion

Spring 2009 Version

… much lower cost: $112 million. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market rate wages be paid on school construction projects: $150 million. … private-sector workers have given back painful wage and benefit concessions to save their jobs. The …

Tool #3: Candidate Questionnaire for Tea Party Activists

Hard-to-dodge questions that suggest whether a candidate for the Michigan Legislature actually supports limited government principles

… defined-contribution pension systems? 7. Would you support repealing the "prevailing wage" law that requires union-scale wages to be paid for school and other state construction projects? 8. Would you …

Sneak Attack

House votes to undermine property tax protections

… at a time when hundreds of millions of dollars in potential savings are already available. Following Ohio's example by exempting schools from "prevailing wage" rules would save at least $150 million every year. And millions more could be saved, as many districts have shown, through competitive contracting …

Tax Day Highlights Burden of State Government

… reforms and spending cuts. Yet adopting cost-saving reforms — from ending ineffective economic development programs to repealing the state's prevailing wage law — would be an economically healthier solution. Encouraging high-earners to flee the state and inviting the revenue yo-yo effect that's a characteristic …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 20, 2009

… OKs $200,000 added cost to use unionized companies for renovation work," Jan. 13, 2009 FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money," Dec. 13, 2001 SUPERINTENDENT GETS $100,000-PLUS SEPARATION DEAL WYOMING, Mich. - Under the terms of a separation …

Government Operations and Spending

… Repeal the state's "prevailing wage" law, which prohibits … unless it pays above-market wages. » www.mackinac.org/8907 23 … repeal of the state's prevailing wage law in total, repeal it … repeal of the state's prevailing wage law, revise it into a "median wage" law focusing on low-wage, …

Board votes for higher-priced union labor

… OKs $200,000 added cost to use unionized companies for renovation work," Jan.13, 2009 FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money," Dec. 13, 2001

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 13, 2009

… 30 years. SOURCE: The Daily Telegram, "Input on high school sought," Dec. 11, 2008 FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money," Dec. 13, 2001 HOWELL CLARIFICATION An item in last week's Michigan Education Digest incorrectly stated, …