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Survey: Do voters want a new high school?

… 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

Revolutionary Cure

… Unemployment remains well above 8 percent, among the highest in the nation. Wages in 2007 fell for the third year in a row, dropping to 27th among the states. … cuts totaling more than $1.5 billion per year, such as eliminating prevailing wage rates and transferring state police road patrols to local law enforcement. …

Portage bidding process questioned

… Gazette, "Portage schools revising bid practices," Aug. 5, 2008 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "The Effects of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law," Aug. 27, 2007

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 26, 2008

… https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo/stories/index.ssf?/base/news-30/12179478 22116560.xml&coll=7 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "The Effects of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law," Aug. 27, 2007 https://www.mackinac.org/8907 ONE-QUARTER OF MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DON'T FINISH LANSING, Mich. — One in four Michigan …

Legislative Alert

Schools could pay extra to Michigan firms

… attempted unsuccessfully to link House Bill 5639 to another bill that would exempt public school construction or repair projects from the state’s prevailing wage law. Hoogendyk’s proposal failed in a voice vote. The bill passed on an 88-20 vote on May 21 and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee …

Much to be Done

… economy, including population loss, the need to cut state spending, the advantages of a right-to-work law and the need to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. The interview is 21 minutes and 4 seconds.

My Union Dues Paid For That?

… ostensibly based on the suspicion that Buist was violating the state’s prevailing wage law. Ultimately, Local 445 filed an allegation of prevailing wage violation with the Department of Labor and Economic Growth. After a …

What Michigan Can Do to Improve its Labor Climate

… Marshall Show" on WMKT in Traverse City. Kersey discussed various labor reforms that would make Michigan more competitive, including repealing the prevailing wage law and adopting voluntary unionism, as well as problems associated with compulsory union membership. The interview is 28 minutes and 27 secon …

Michigan Needs Worker Freedom of Choice

… choice is not an option in the current Legislature, which will not even seriously consider repealing the state’s costly union subsidy called the Prevailing Wage Act. Gov. Jennifer Granholm has shown utterly no leadership on such issues. The state’s public sector unions flexed their considerable muscle …

Changing Michigan’s Labor Climate Will Take Work

… "The Greg Marshall Show" on WMKT in Traverse City. Kersey discussed several aspects of Michigan’s labor climate, including voluntary unionism, prevailing wage and union elections. The interview is 15 minutes and nine seconds.

Michigan’s Diaspora: The Revealed Preference for Leaving

… permitting and property rights infringements. 4. Labor Reform. Adopt labor reforms, such as enacting a right-to-work statute and repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law. State policymakers may also wish to reference the Mackinac Center’s 2002 paper, "Keeping Michigan on Track: A Blueprint for a Freer, More …

Michigan Needs Worker Freedom of Choice

… choice is not an option in the current legislature, which will not even seriously consider repealing the state’s costly union subsidy called the Prevailing Wage Act. Gov. Jennifer Granholm has shown utterly no leadership on such issues. The state’s public sector unions flexed their considerable muscle …

Setting the Record Straight

… previous Mackinac Center studies, or ones by other think tanks. Those studies were cited, but Mr. Bean doesn’t appear to have looked at them. On prevailing wage, for example, he guessed about the Mackinac Center’s cost assumptions. He doesn’t have to guess. The peer-reviewed study is on our Web site, with …

Budget Savings Can Replace Recent Tax Hikes

… and slice $32.4 million (20 percent) from local bus subsidies. Close nine Secretary of State offices to save $4.7 million. Repeal the state prevailing wage law to save more than $90 million on infrastructure projects. These common sense frugalities will save $211.3 million. Achievable Government-Wide …

Tax Increases Harmful to Michigan’s Health

… self-defense, legislators are now talking about unspecified “reforms.” If policymakers are serious, they should begin by repealing the state’s prevailing wage law, which benefits a small segment of mostly well-paid workers on state government construction contracts while adding $250 million annually …

Michigan’s Crisis and Opportunity

… highest level in recent memory. In 2001, Michigan’s average private sector wage was 9 percent below the average in state government. Today, it’s about 18 … of dollars in potential savings from simply scrapping the state’s prevailing wage law or contracting out high-cost government services. Blame for Michigan’s …

55 Specific Recommendations

… research shows that repealing the state’s prevailing wage law, which prohibits awarding state construction … the lowest bidder unless the company pays union wages, would very conservatively save the state at least … offices: an estimated $4.7 million Repeal state prevailing wage law: $90 million Impose a moratorium on all …

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, …

Anatomy of a Tax Hike Campaign

A Chronicle

… future). Among the cuts and reforms are privatization measures, state employee wage concessions, school employee benefit reforms, welfare cuts, suspension of the state’s “prevailing wage” law, postponing an earned income tax credit for low income workers …

Governor and Legislature Appear Unable To Judge Priorities

… continue to tolerate a state prevailing wage policy that mandates that contractors pay union wages — typically 40 percent to 60 percent above market wages, according to a recent study … that the higher construction wages don’t improve construction … Legislature have retained the prevailing wage, rejected numerous proposed …

Sweet Home Alabama

… of Michigan’s strict prevailing wage law, which requires the payment of union wages on state-financed construction, … also be helpful. The prevailing wage adds 10 percent to the … the cost of government. Prevailing wage also costs jobs; Alabama, … not have a restrictive prevailing wage law, added 5,000 construction …

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 …

Will Michigan Be “The Victors” Again?

… token, if Michigan is to prosper, it will have to improve and get into condition to compete. Michigan could start by repealing an unnecessary prevailing wage law that sets taxpayers back an additional $250 million a year. Michigan might want to borrow a page from the playbook of fast growing-states …

Mackinac Center’s Labor Trilogy

… important reports on prevailing wage and right-to-work. In … Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law," written by Senior … requires the payment of union wages on all state funded construction, … Michigan receives an hourly wage that is 28.1 percent higher … workers in Michigan. The prevailing wage law boosts this above-average …

Appendix: Michigan Senate Bill 607

… with employers concerning ————————————— 1 grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours, or other 2 terms or conditions of employment. 3 Sec. … action for damages, 18 injunctive relief, or both. The court may award a prevailing plaintiff 19 costs and reasonable attorney fees. The civil remedy is …

Model Right-to-Work Language

… the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning wages, rates of pay, hours of work, other conditions of employment, or other forms … damages, injunctive relief, or both. In addition, the court shall award a prevailing plaintiff costs and reasonable attorney fees. E. This section shall …

Introduction

… right-to-work states, increasing both wages and the number of jobs available. … pension system and a severe prevailing wage law pegged strictly to union construction wages — this has led to a more or … growth rates in employment and wages are somewhat lower for all … state laws (such as the prevailing wage) that make necessary state …

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 …

Good Luck, Mike Bishop!

… are two examples of his "uncooperative" views: He wants $109 million in wage concessions from Department of Corrections’ employees in the hope of bringing … national average. He wants to repeal the mandatory union-sponsored "prevailing wage" that must be paid on government-funded construction projects. As documented …

Endnotes

… of Labor and Economic Growth/Wage and Hour Division, telephone … Investigation, The New York State Prevailing Wage Law: An Investigative … 13 Armand Thieblot, Prevailing Wage Legislation (Philadelphia: … "‘Members Only’ Brief: Prevailing Wage Laws," February 25, 2005, … Majority: Pro-Union Bias in Prevailing Rate Determinations," Journal …

Appendix B

Graphic 3: Adjusted Median Wages vs. Michigan Prevailing Wage 2005* Class BLS Median BLS Adjusted† Prevailing Wage Percentage Difference‡ … Economic Growth * The state prevailing wage figures are provided by … percentage by which the prevailing wage exceeds the adjusted Bureau …

Appendix A

… Compensation vs. Michigan Prevailing Wage 2005* (Metropolitan Area/COUNTY) … Nonunion Total Compensation Prevailing Wage Percentage Difference Wage and Hour Division Categories … Shop Special Reports.” Prevailing wage data taken from the Michigan … Division. * The state prevailing wage figures are provided by …

Conclusion

… intentions behind the prevailing wage law when it was passed, … its current form. The prevailing wage law forces the payment of union wages on state construction projects … Michiganians. The need for a prevailing wage law is dubious, but lawmakers … well-intentioned Michigan’s prevailing wage law might have been when …

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 …

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 …

Temporary Suspension

… Davis-Bacon Act allows the president to suspend prevailing wage requirements in cases of emergency, permitting … crisis, lawmakers should consider suspending prevailing wage as a means to balance budgets without increasing … the law’s suspension on Michigan’s construction wages, employment and quality.

Exempt Public School Construction

… effect of this exemption on construction labor markets should be minimal. Nevertheless, exempting public school construction from Michigan’s prevailing wage mandate could save taxpayers approximately $120 million annually, based on 2002 estimates.

Alternatives to Repeal

If policymakers are unwilling to repeal prevailing wage outright, there are a number of ways to reduce the scope of Michigan’s prevailing wage law or update its provisions to reflect the current state of the economy. …

Repeal

Michigan’s prevailing wage law increases the cost of construction … forces union work rules and wages on a construction industry … It is not clear that prevailing wage laws improve the quality … workers. To the extent that prevailing wage laws improve the productivity … also associated with prevailing wage states. And the prevailing …

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 …

Experience of Michigan and Other Jurisdictions

… among the states where prevailing wage laws have been repealed, … June 1997, Michigan’s prevailing wage law was held to be invalid … predicated on the payment of market wages. In 20 cases where nonunion … the suspension of the prevailing wage law, Vedder adjusted the … nonetheless concluded that prevailing wage suspension was responsible …

Overall Cost of Construction

… use of union rates in setting prevailing wages results in wages that are 40 percent to 60 percent … 25 percent of construction costs, the prevailing wage would add 10 percent to 15 percent … jurisdictions that have either added prevailing wage laws or granted exemptions from …

Difficulties for Bidders

Michigan’s prevailing wage law has had other significant effects … The practice of the state’s Wage and Hour Division is to use … classifications to create prevailing wage scales. This is a reasonable … specialization. A typical prevailing wage determination from the … imposed by Michigan’s prevailing wage. In such situations, potential …

Workplace Safety and Quality of Construction

… question of what effect prevailing wage laws have on workplace … rates in states with prevailing wage laws. Depending on the class of injury, prevailing wage laws were associated with … story: States without prevailing wages had significantly lower … states that repealed their prevailing wage laws between 1978 and …

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 …

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, …

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 Decline of the Union Movement in Michigan

… the terms of Michigan’s prevailing wage statute, the Michigan … exclusively in determining the prevailing wage. At the time the state … reasonable way to find a prevailing wage. While there are no reliable … union rates generally did prevail at the time Michigan’s law … prevailing wage law is based on wage rates for a shrinking minority …

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 …

The “High-Wage, High-Skill” Rationale

… work, the advocates of prevailing wage laws contend, tends to … from the new skills.[22] Prevailing wage advocates believe that … floor beneath construction wages on government contracts, the prevailing wage law counteracts this flaw … particular, advocates of prevailing wage laws have stressed the …

The Social Justice Rationale

… then be forced to increase wages to attract qualified workers, … at least tend to stabilize wages, rather than drive them further … government-funded project. The prevailing wage law is meant to protect … pass with Michigan’s prevailing wage law. * It has been argued … passage of Michigan’s prevailing wage law.

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 Federal Davis-Bacon Act

The federal prevailing wage law is the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, … many subsequent state prevailing wage laws, requires that construction workers receive "wages that will be determined by … secretary of labor to be prevailing for the corresponding classes … guidance as to how a prevailing wage is to be determined out …

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, …

How Wage Mandates Are Determined

… statute does not define a prevailing wage, nor does it provide any … and issued a separate prevailing wage, but it does specify that the determination of prevailing rates is to be based on … rates.[7] The WHD determines prevailing wages on a county basis, using … become a constant process — wage schedules are updated whenever …

Coverage

Michigan’s prevailing wage law governs the wages paid to all construction employees … construction is governed by the prevailing wage law, even when all funds … require the application of prevailing wages.[3] The statute requires … and fringe benefit rates prevailing in the locality in which …

Introduction

… requiring the payment of union wages and benefits to construction … government. The state’s prevailing wage law was enacted in 1965, … collective bargaining agreements "prevailed" in the construction labor … requirements. Thus, the prevailing wage law could have been seen … consequence, Michigan’s prevailing wage law now forces taxpayers …

Executive Summary

Michigan’s prevailing wage law requires that contractors on … construction projects pay union wages. Passed at a time when union … percent in 2006 — the "prevailing wage" now forces contractors … Michigan workers. The prevailing wage law increases the cost … taxpayers. Repeal of the state prevailing wage law would have saved taxpayers …

Foreword

… period when Michigan’s prevailing wage law for state-supported … Center Report "Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law and Its Effects on … established that Michigan’s mandated wages were "prevailing" in name only; they did … projects. Michigan’s prevailing wage law and administrative …

How To Avoid Raising Taxes

… 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 …

A “Way Forward” for Michigan?

… elected legislators, with standards no more stringent than federal ones. A Right-to-Work law and the repeal of industrial-era dinosaurs like prevailing wage statutes that pad the costs of public construction projects. The state "economic development" industry — MEDC, "Technology Tri-Corridors," "Incubators," …

Paying More to Protect the Privileged

… specialty/technical workers by a substantial margin. Failing to repeal an outmoded "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market wages on school construction projects may make union bosses happy, but adds an …

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 …

Policy Reform Recommendations

… contract with neighboring cities or their county. The third set of key reforms relate to a variety of spending efficiency proposals: Eliminating prevailing wage laws; Making changes in state trunk line maintenance, including putting out to bid all state work in each county; Getting the state out of the …

Study: Michigan’s Road System Needs Both Reforms and Dollars

Revenue increases must be tied to policy changes and offsets, according to study’s author

… addition, savings can be achieved by consolidating the number of road agencies involved in Michigan road building and maintenance, eliminating prevailing wage laws, closing loopholes in registration fee collections and adopting other common-sense measures." Pavement with remaining service life in good …

Bigger Taxes or Smaller Government — Let the People Decide

… privatization, $150 million that could be realized by repealing the so-called "prevailing wage" law on school construction projects and millions more dollars that … have asked employees to share the burden and thousands have made painful wage and benefit concessions. So, do the same with school employees. Open the …

Contradictions and Spurious Conclusions

… technical workers by a substantial margin. Failing to repeal an outmoded "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market wages on school construction projects may make the Granholm administration’s union …

Road Funding: Time for a New Direction

… changing current practices that drain money from the Michigan Transportation Fund; and enacting common-sense efficiency reforms like repealing prevailing wage requirements, consolidating the multiplicity of road agencies, and privatizing more maintenance functions through competitive contracting. Whatever …

Michigan Cannot Afford a Sales Tax on Services

… the MEA’s political coffers, but monstrously expensive to struggling school districts. None of the state’s unions support repeal of the archaic Prevailing Wage Act, which inflates construction and renovation costs to state and local governments in Michigan by at least $200 million annually. Rather than …

Doom for Whom?

… with the systemwide spur of competition yielding as much as $200 million a year in savings from current levels; Because the state repeals its "prevailing wage" law, which currently increases the cost of government construction projects by around $200 million a year; or Because the state finally implements …

Legislators Should Do No More Harm To Michigan

… former. There is no economically friendly way to tax if you’re spending too much or spending unwisely. For instance, Michigan’s union-sponsored Prevailing Wage Act requires the needless spending of as much as $150 million by public schools every single year, and tens of millions more by other units of …

Is it Smarter to Lower Michigan’s Investment Disincentives a Lot or a Little?

… The government-centric conventional wisdom that prevails near the capitol holds that we must replace the … customers in higher prices, or to labor in lower wages." Actually, that misrepresents where the burden … subject to a new tax can’t just take it out of wages. They were already paying as little as possible …

Decades of Dollars and Disappointment

… custodial services, a per-pupil savings of roughly $200. Michigan’s prevailing wage law requires that state-funded construction projects, including public school buildings, must pay a wage that is established through a collaboration of labor unions, unionized contractors …

Michigan: A Taxing Place To Do Business

… that’s a problem we have to fix if we’re to really make a positive difference on the tax side of the equation. We have a law on the books, the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965, which requires the needless spending of as much as $150 million by public schools alone, every single year, and tens of millions …

MEA continues lawsuit over public charter schools

Schools continue serving students, parents

… Montessori Academy - Mt. Clemens Paramount Charter Academy - Kalamazoo Prevail Academy - Mt. Clemens Richfield Academy - Flint Three Oaks Academy - Muskegon … more available to bargain, the more is available for them for salaries and wages," Battaglieri said. At the end of the deposition, Battaglieri says he could …

Sinking fund legislation could balloon local property tax millages

… 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. Public school employees’ health insurance — a market dominated by the Michigan Education Association’s …

Union Monitor

… rights of workers who do not want union membership, the impact of labor law, such as the impact of Michigan’s law requiring the use of the union’s prevailing wage in public construction, MESSA, the Michigan Education Association-created school employee health care administrator, and a host of other labor …

The Wrong and Right Approaches to Michigan’s Economic Malaise

… government exist to serve the people" question? Next, repealing the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market level wages be paid on school construction projects would save $150 million Gov. Granholm …

How To Replace the SBT With Nothing (Viewpoint on Public Issues)

… for transit users at a much lower cost: $112 million. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market-rate wages on school construction projects: $150 million. Don’t send extra money to …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 14, 2006

… Arbor high school $3 million over budget," Dec. 13, 2005 https://www.educationreport.org/7464 Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Nov. 9, 2001 https://www.mackinac.org/3844 Michigan Education Report, "Innovative construction saves charter …

Michigan’s Russian Roulette

… secondary schools; governmental setting of minimum wages; a government-run retirement savings plan for workers; … business owners and less-skilled workers can set wages independent of job-killing "prevailing wages" and mandatory union bargaining laws. It …

How To Replace the SBT With Nothing

2007 Version

… for transit users at a much lower cost: $112 million. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market rate wages be paid on school construction projects: $150 million. Schools can realize …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 31, 2006

… Jan. 25, 2006 https://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006601250306 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Nov. 9, 2001 https://www.mackinac.org/3844 Michigan Education Digest, "New Ann Arbor high school $3 million …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 13, 2005

… https://www.mlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-15/1133458030211030.xml?aanews?NEA&coll=2 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Nov. 9, 2001 https://www.mackinac.org/3844 Michigan Education Report, "Innovative construction saves charter …

Transforming Michigan

… “No-More-Stringent” Law Repeal the Prevailing Wage Act. It needlessly balloons … $300 million every year. The Wages of "Prevailing Wages" Less Money for Education Prevailing Wage Repeal Would Save State … Annually Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to …

Pain Threshold

… resembles the contrast between mandates for a minimum wage, prevailing wage or living wage and a free and competitive labor market. In short, …

Editorials and columns from prominent newspapers (Hundreds of items)

… 2005 Peter Luke: Tax on high-wage jobs puts Michigan at crossroads … News, Nov. 7, 2004 Unwise State Wage Hike Will Strain Future Budgets … Dec. 11, 2003 Wise heads prevail with delay of tax cut The … Feb. 14, 2003 Killing Prevailing Wage Law Would Help with Budget … $275 million a year Kill Prevailing Wage The Detroit Free Press …

News Coverage (Hundreds of items)

… fiscal year in the red The Detroit News, Oct. 1, 2003 State workers trade wages for time off Lansing State Journal, Oct. 1, 2003 Union's leaders accept … budget cuts Lansing State Journal, June 25, 2003 Andrews: Cooler heads prevail in state budget process The Detroit News , June 24 2003 Granholm, GOP …

Rally for the Classroom, Not the Budget Process

… privatized noninstructional services, but fully competitive bidding of employee health insurance services and a repeal of Michigan's costly "prevailing wage" act for school construction services. I hope that the rally will feature a more nuanced agenda than simply calling for more money. In that spirit, …

Thatcher of the West

… resembles the contrast between mandates for a minimum wage, prevailing wage or living wage and a free and competitive labor market. In short, …

Lansing must embrace basic reform following the Watkins debacle

… without raising taxes: 1. Exempt public schools from Michigan’s archaic Prevailing Wage Act. Mackinac Center research suggests that forcing school districts to contract with only those construction firms that pay "prevailing wages" inflates school renovation and building costs by $150 million annually …

Legislative Action

… www.michiganvotes.org/2005-SB-232 Prevailing wage House Bill 4412, introduced … it PA 166 of 1965, the Prevailing Wage Act. This 40-year-old … express term that the rates of wages and fringe benefits to be paid … and fringe benefit rates prevailing in the locality in which … their employers." This prevailing wage requirement currently …

Watkins Debacle Shows Need for Basic Education Reforms

… without raising taxes: Exempt public schools from Michigan’s archaic Prevailing Wage Act. Mackinac Center research suggests that forcing school districts to contract with only those construction firms that pay "prevailing wages" inflates school renovation and building costs by $150 million annually …

Commentary (Dozens of items)

… by Lawrence Reed The Mackinac Center for Public Policy Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act: Will Common Sense Prevail? by Mr. Mark Fischer

Reinventing a Broken Wheel

… Osborne and Hutchinson circumvent prescriptions for handling such impediments to upgrading our public sector workforce. Eliminating bumping, "prevailing wage rules," and the prohibitively high legal costs of punishing or removing incompetent public employees are apparently nonstarters for worthwhile …

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 …

Michigan at the Crossroads

A “State of the State” Address Jan. 31, 2005

… more cash with chewing gum and bailing wire onto a rickety system that needs an overhaul. First, exempt public schools from Michigan’s archaic Prevailing Wage Act. Mackinac Center research has estimated that forcing schools to subsidize construction unions inflates renovation and construction costs by …