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Lansing Must Embrace Basic Reform Following the Watkins Debacle

… 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 …

Michigan at the Crossroads

… should also sell the state’s conference center for state employees, cut corporate welfare and save schools at least $150 million annually through prevailing-wage reform. The Mackinac Center has identified more than $2 billion in specific budget-savings opportunities. Meanwhile, Gov. Granholm needs to reverse …

Striking Out

… workers demand salaries that are too far above prevailing market wages, they risk pricing themselves out of work. To pay … the flip side, companies that offer below-market wages without some compensating benefit are likely to …

Fewer Students = More Money?

… employee health insurance. Repealing the prevailing wage requirement on school construction and renovation … positive step. This union-biased requirement inflates wages; purchasing physical plant improvements based on market wages rather than a state mandate would save more than …

Schools hire private staffing firm to find substitute teachers

Some administrators and union officials say only school personnel should find subs

… such as a 401(k) program, weekly pay with direct deposit, and access to health benefits. The company notes that its substitutes receive “the prevailing wage in the school or district” where they work. In Kelly’s orientation program, its substitutes receive handbooks produced by the Substitute Teaching …

Government Policies Make Gas Situation Worse

… putting projects up for competitive bidding. Prevailing-wage laws, which dictate union wage scales for government projects, are another indirect … taxes. By requiring that taxpayers pay above-market wages for road construction, every penny spent by a motorist …

Budget cut studies and articles (13 items)

… 2003-04 by Mr. Michael LaFaive The Detroit News Feb. 14, 2003 Killing Prevailing Wage Law Would Help with Budget Crisis Artifical wage levels on government construction projects cost taxpayers up to $275 million …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 25, 2004

… criticized Helger of "substandard" wages for its employees, allowing … construction projects a "prevailing wage" pegged to the pay of … told the Saginaw News. Prevailing wage laws increase the cost … annually by repealing its prevailing wage law. Exempting just public … locked-in rates and the prevailing interest rate. The plan …

IV. Grants and Financial Aid

… in lower spending and sales of unneeded state assets. In some cases, just a rule change would produce mammoth savings. Repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law for school construction alone, as Ohio has done, would stop the annual waste of more than $150 million. Even if money were no object, private-college …

2004 Addendum — More Savings and Revenue Ideas

May 2004

… repeal of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law of 1965 — which would … directly to schools. The prevailing-wage law applies whenever state … law, workers must receive the wage typical of those doing similar … pupil. Because of the Prevailing Wage Act, these costs are substantially … schools from that state’s prevailing wage law — saving schools an …

Lawmakers Could Balance Budget by Cutting Spending and Selling State Assets

For Immediate Release

… Aid Fund subsidy entirely (Gov. Granholm’s modified budget reduces it to $139 million); and $150 million to $400 million – repeal the state’s “prevailing wage act” which increases construction costs on public projects. Exempting schools alone from the act, as Ohio has already done, would save public …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST April 6, 2004

… Policy, "Before Cutting Services or Delaying Tax Cuts...," May 17, 2002 https://www.mackinac.org/4354 Viewpoint on Public Issues, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Nov. 9, 2001 https://www.mackinac.org/3844 COMMENTARY: TEACHER PAY POLICY SHOULD BE BASED ON PERFORMANCE …

Why a Statewide Property Tax Increase is a Bad Idea

… gold-plated plans, they could save $400 million a year. Michigan’s "prevailing-wage" law prohibits awarding government construction contracts to the lowest-bidding contractor unless he also pays an artificially high wage based on union pay scales. Mackinac Center research suggests that this increases …

Michigan Can’t Afford Tuition Grant Program

… in lower spending and sales of unneeded state assets. In some cases, just a rule change would produce mammoth savings. Repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law for school construction alone, as Ohio has done, would stop the annual waste of more than $150 million. Even if money were no object, private-college …

Why Are Mighigan's School Districts Borrowing More?

… that every year at least a hundred million dollars of it is wasted. The reason: The governor and Legislature won’t get rid of the archaic 1965 Prevailing Wage Act, which mandates inflated construction costs as a favor to organized labor. Ohio public schools have saved hundreds of millions of dollars …

Why Are Schools Borrowing More?

… that every year at least a hundred million dollars of it is wasted. The reason: The governor and Legislature won’t get rid of the archaic 1965 Prevailing Wage Act, which mandates inflated construction costs as a favor to organized labor. Ohio public schools have saved hundreds of millions of dollars …

The Granholm Administration: A Review of Year One

… state employee unions and successfully secured more than $200 million in wage and benefit concessions, a necessary move in light of generous state compensation … programs back and not eliminated or redesigned very many. Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Act, for example, forces schools annually to spend upwards of $150 …

The Granholm Administration: A Review of Year One

… state employee unions and successfully secured more than $200 million in wage and benefit concessions, an entirely appropriate and necessary move in light … needed to balance the budget. See www.mackinac.org/5046.) Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Act, for example, annually forces schools to spend upwards of $150 …

MSU School Finance Study Too Narrow to Support Tax Hike Recommendation

… $400 million a year. Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Michigan is one of 32 states with a so-called "prevailing wage" law that prohibits awarding … unless the contractor also pays "prevailing wages," which are based on union pay … Mackinac Center has found that the prevailing wage mandate increases construction …

Bay County Taxpayers Paying Extra for "Union Only" Deal

For Immediate Release

… Bay County also has a prevailing wage ordinance, which dictates wages for workers employed on county … experience, show that the prevailing wage law alone drives up the … can still compete under prevailing wage laws, PLAs take non-union … information on the effects of prevailing wage laws, see the Mackinac …

The Headlee Amendment: Serving Michigan for 25 Years

… liposuction. The fat in the Michigan budget still includes a state-owned ski resort, a lodge reserved primarily for government employees, and the 1965 “prevailing wage” law that mandates millions of dollars of needless spending on construction projects as a sop to organized labor. Michiganians need to watch how …

IMPACT Spring 2003

… Issue: Executive Vice President's Message Election Consolidation 'Living Wage' Testimony Media Hightlights MEA Lawsuit 'Power to Choose' Detroit Entrepreneur Your Legacy Privatization Free-Market Library Prevailing Wage

Government Should Neither Favor nor Oppose Labor Unions

… addressed. That unions improve wages and working conditions is often … the last 30 years. And the wage gap between Michigan and right-to-work … Michigan workers is “prevailing-wage” laws, which specify that … conservatively — that the prevailing-wage law adds around 10 percent … school systems from the prevailing-wage law would save state taxpayers …

Winners Never Quit, and Quitters Never Win

… seemingly insurmountable obstacles to eventually prevail. I can hardly recommend a more fitting example … Institute played a key role in the defeat of a “Living Wage” ordinance in Allegheny County and the retraction … will fight again, with a very good chance of prevailing. In New Mexico, the work of the relatively …

Abolishing MEDC a Great Idea, but Not the Only One

For Immediate Release

… and others indicates that state economies grow faster in right-to-work states than they do in states without right-to-work laws. Repeal the prevailing-wage law. Michigan spends about $400 million more than necessary each year on government-funded construction projects because of this law. Reform …

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 …

Gov. Granholm: Profile in Budget Courage

… flourish afterwards. Indeed, the arts as a whole are too important to be dependent upon politics. Savings: $24 million per year. Repeal the 1965 Prevailing Wage Act. As the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has documented in numerous analyses, Michigan public schools are forced to waste $150 million annually …

Long-term Rx for state budget

Take these 10 ideas to get on road to financial recovery

… for schools if they didn't have to spend $150 million more than necessary every year because of a 1965 handout to organized labor called the "Prevailing Wage Act." The state itself spends more than necessary for its printing of everything from stationery to lottery tickets because of a similar law dating …

Place a Bet on Lottery Privatization

… trade union or that pay their workers the ‘“prevailing wage.’” What this meant for the Michigan lottery … various games must pay their workers union-scale wages, even if tickets of equal or better quality could be provided by lower, competitive-scale wages. The mandated high labor costs are passed on to …

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 …

Sales Tax on Services Is Bad Policy

… pursue a frivolous, anti-free speech lawsuit against the Mackinac Center. It’s the same organization that refuses to support repeal of the 1965 Prevailing Wage Act, which would save Michigan public schools $150 million annually, perhaps because union dues and political clout are more important to it than …

Fiscally Responsible Leasing of School Buildings and Facilities

… ownership of the structure would allow school systems to avoid additional costs imposed by federal and state mandates. Such mandates include prevailing wage laws, environmental regulations, and minority set–asides, which often add substantially to the costs of design and construction of publicly funded …

Bypassing Proposal A through the "Sinking Fund" gambit

… 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. Teacher health insurance - a market dominated by the Michigan Education Association's costly …

The November 2002 State Ballot Proposals

… (Nor should the state assume new debt for project costs inflated by “prevailing wage” dictates.) Diane Katz, director of science, environment and technology … effect to ensure they comply with CSC rules. Rarely do these rules affect wages or benefits negotiated by the state and the unions. Paul Kersey, labor …

"A Deeper Look" by Lawrence Reed

… (Nor should the state assume new debt for project costs inflated by “prevailing wage” dictates.) Diane KATZ, director of science, environment and technology … effect to ensure they comply with CSC rules. Rarely do these rules affect wages or benefits negotiated by the state and the unions. Paul Kersey, labor …

"A Deeper Look" by Lawrence Reed

… (Nor should the state assume new debt for project costs inflated by “prevailing wage” dictates.) Diane KATZ, director of science, environment and technology … effect to ensure they comply with CSC rules. Rarely do these rules affect wages or benefits negotiated by the state and the unions. Paul KERSEY, labor …

Arguments in opposition

… by incurring new debt. Fix Cost-Boosting Prevailing Wage Law First Existing state “prevailing wage” laws will boost the cost of any new sewer … (See Mackinac Center report on Michigan's prevailing wage law.) We Can't Afford It Regarding the cost, …

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 …

Questions voters should ask when considering the sewer bond proposal

… infrastructure projects that would result. Also, existing state “prevailing wage” laws will boost the cost of any new sewer projects. Taxpayer dollars … privatizing services now provided by city departments, and on Michigan’s prevailing wage law.) The bottom line question is, can we afford it? The proposal …

"A Deeper Look" by Lawrence Reed

… (Nor should the state assume new debt for project costs inflated by “prevailing wage” dictates.) Diane KATZ, director of science, environment and technology … effect to ensure they comply with CSC rules. Rarely do these rules affect wages or benefits negotiated by the state and the unions. Paul KERSEY, labor …

Bypassing Proposal A Through the “Sinking Fund” Gambit

… 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. Teacher health insurance—a market dominated by the Michigan Education Association’s costly …

Politics and the Race for Michigan Governor

… unions. It means recognizing that schools must get more bang for the bucks they already get. Exempting Michigan schools from the archaic 1965 “Prevailing Wage Law” would save at least $150 million per year for use in the classroom. Any candidate for Governor who favors keeping that special interest law …

Bill Would "Sink" Proposal A Property Tax Limits

… on the table. Following Ohio’s example by exempting schools from “prevailing wage” rules that all but mandate costly union rules and wages on school construction projects would save at least $150 million every year. …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 4, 2002

… not increased taxes, but a repeal of the prevailing wage law and better debt policies for schools. … Vedder of Ohio University found that the prevailing wage law increased construction costs by at least … Viewpoint on Public Issues, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Nov. 9, …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 21, 2002

… that without a repeal of the prevailing wage law, which requires that any … project must pay contractors the "prevailing wage" for the area in which the project … Ohio University found that the prevailing wage law increased construction costs … on Public Issues, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," …

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 …

V. Improving Education for Michigan Children (2 of 2)

… public schools from the Prevailing Wage Act. Earlier in this document, Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act was explained as special-interest … the payment of union-scale wages and tends to lock out the majority … from compliance with the Prevailing Wage Act. Within the first … the time the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act was not in effect-from …

Endnotes

… MCL 408.552. Richard Vedder, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law and its Effects on Government Spending … http://www.census.gov/govs/estimate/9923mi.html. Ibid. "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Mackinac … Construction and Renovation Projects from Ohio's Prevailing Wage Law: An Interim Report of a Five-Year Study, …

IV. Reforming Labor Law to Protect Worker Rights (1 of 2)

… growth, new jobs and rising wages, Michigan's economic performance … contributions.   22. Repeal the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. Imagine … effects of the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. It is a classic … requires workers to be paid "prevailing" wages and benefits.7  In … estimates that Michigan's prevailing wage law increases the cost …

Fix Michigan Schools with Proposal A+

… services and weren't encumbered by so many costly union rules and government mandates. Exempting school construction from the state's onerous Prevailing Wage Act, as Ohio did in 1997, would save the state's schools, by some estimates, a minimum of $150 million per year alone. Nonetheless, if there …

Michigan Schools Need to Be Frugal

… endorsing the following reasonable positions instead of echoing the tired, old refrain of "send more money." Exempt K-12 education from costly "prevailing wage" requirements, which unnecessarily boost construction and renovation costs for Michigan public schools by at least $150 million per year.  Neighboring …

No: Michigan Can't Afford to Postpone Reducing Taxes, Attracting Growth

Should State Delay Income, Business Tax Cuts?

… tax cuts. Some who urge postponement or cancellation of the tax cuts are the same ones who oppose exempting education from the state's costly prevailing wage law. This special privilege for organized labor every year forces Michigan schools to spend $150 million more than necessary for construction. …

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, it … 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 …

"Ed-Flex" Bill Passes Michigan House

… bills that would repeal prevailing wage requirements and union-only … legislation said that allowing prevailing wage exemptions for school … its schools from its prevailing wage law, saving schools an … saying the changes could reduce wages and benefits for construction … commentary, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to …

Charter school conference draws hundreds

Speakers challenge school officials to "step up" and improve education

… budgets through privatization of support services; championing greater parental choice in education; calling for repeal of a union-supported prevailing wage law that forces schools to waste millions of dollars every year; and demanding an end to the forced unionization of public school teachers. "Do …

Fix Michigan Schools with Proposal A+

… services and weren't encumbered by so many costly union rules and government mandates. Exempting school construction from the state's onerous Prevailing Wage Act, as Ohio did in 1997, would save the state's schools, by some estimates, a minimum of $150 million per year alone. Nonetheless, if there …

Four Principles and a Challenge

… of earlier. Work for repeal of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965, at least with regard to school … construction if all we do is exempt schools from the Prevailing Wage requirement that they have to subsidize the … schools from that state's equivalent of our Prevailing Wage law.  As reported by the Buckeye Institute …

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 …

Are Michigan Citizens Undertaxed?

… construction costs every year because of the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. That special interest legislation effectively mandates union-scale wages on projects that take more than a penny of state … sense to support even a partial repeal of the Prevailing Wage Act. Too many in Lansing these days are worried …

New Year's Resolutions for Michigan's New Legislature

… their members before spending their money on politics. Repeal the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965.   This antiquated piece of special-interest legislation … on all state-funded construction projects in effect be paid union-scale wages and benefits.  This ignores the competitive compensation packages established …

When "Local Control" Means Control of the Locals

… legal and legitimate product that criminals abuse? Passing local "prevailing-wage" and "living-wage" ordinances that confer special benefits on organized labor at the expense …

Charters not exempted from high construction costs

… subject to the state's prevailing wage law, which mandates that … according to higher union wages. The ruling could dramatically … they are subject to the Prevailing Wage Act. Charter schools … a bill to repeal the prevailing wage law, which he said adds … Public Schools, thinks the prevailing wage law should be repealed …

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 …

The Road to Privatization: Let States Take Charge of Highway Dollars

… federal mandates are the following: Construction wage laws. These require that any project receiving federal funds must pay workers the area's "prevailing wage" as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor. In most cases, this means above-market union wages which add an estimated average of 15% to the cost …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Endnotes

… the "strength" of state prevailing wage laws, see A. J. Thieblot, … Evaluation of Impacts of Prevailing Wage Law Repeal," Journal of … The states with strong prevailing wage laws are Michigan, Illinois, … unambiguously was covered by prevailing wage legislation the entire … potentially might be liable for extra wage payments if they paid less …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Introduction

… governmental contractors to pay "prevailing wages" on projects undertaken … Davis-Bacon Acts," or "prevailing wage" laws in over 40 states. … laws on the books regarding wages on state (and usually local) … contracts. What are prevailing wages? The short answer is … the federal government, prevailing wages are typically wages set …

Executive Summary

… governmental contractors to pay "prevailing wages" on projects undertaken … Davis-Bacon Acts," or "prevailing wage" laws in over 40 states, including Michigan. What are prevailing wages? The short answer is … prevailing wages are typically wages set at or near the union-scale … sector where market forces prevail. Prevailing wage laws are …

Empirical Evidence

… theorizing above suggests that prevailing wage laws should reduce employment … since at the above-market "prevailing" wage, some workers are not hired … economy most affected by prevailing wage laws is construction. … public sector, which faces prevailing wages under the Davis-Bacon …

Four Theoretical Arguments

… theoretical arguments against prevailing wage laws. First, such laws … directly with its price (or wage): The more workers can earn … equilibrium." The enactment of a prevailing wage law forces wages up (to … demanded (D). Put simply, prevailing wage laws create unemployment … as the extent to which prevailing wage laws apply in labor markets. …

Conclusion

… Michigan has a strong prevailing wage law, albeit one that is … effects suggests that state prevailing wage laws have adverse consequences. … gain from the removal of prevailing wage restrictions. The severe … because of the state's prevailing wage law. It is estimated … governmentally determined "just wage" that bears little resemblance …

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. …

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 …

Important Differences Between Government and Private-Sector Unions

… that negotiate union contracts with extravagant wages and inefficient work rules are soon forced to drive … political support. They may also support "prevailing wage" laws which require contractors working on government projects to pay union-scale wages, benefits, and employ restrictive work rules, effectively …

The Beginnings of the American Labor Movement

… broadly invoked to limit or prevent concerted or union activity.5 The prevailing judicial view was that most forms of concerted employee protest aimed … Parcel Service and the Teamsters union. Early labor skirmishes were often waged in the courts. In the 1908 "Danbury Hatters" case9, the U. S. Supreme Court …

Is There a Better Way to Finance and Build New Schools?

… proposals are put forward, however, ultimately may help these efforts to prevail. Such an outcome could weaken the American systems of federalism and local … costs imposed by federal and state mandates. Such mandates include prevailing wage laws, environmental regulations, and minority set-asides, which often …

III. Improving Education for Michigan Children

… Exempt public schools from the Prevailing Wage Act. On page 9 of this report, the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act was explained as special … requires the payment of union-scale wages and tends to lock out the majority … them from compliance with the Prevailing Wage Act. Within the first five years, …

II. Reforming Labor Law to Protect Worker Rights

… help.   5. Repeal the Prevailing Wage Act. Imagine a law that … precisely the effects of the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. It is a classic … those projects to be paid "prevailing" wages and benefits. That invariably … taxpayers every year. The Prevailing Wage Act has been challenged …

Minimum Wage Causes Maximum Pain

… law America’s first minimum wage: 25 cents an hour, rising to … another hike in the minimum wage. Now is a good time to reexamine … the impetus for the minimum wage actually began. The working … quality product for lower wages. Politicians in Massachusetts, … political muscle eventually prevailed and the national law was …

Current Problems in School Bonding

… construction financed by qualified bonds is subject to Michigan’s Prevailing Wage law, which requires (for all practical purposes) that union-scale wages be paid for construction labor.11 Michigan’s SBLF program appears to be …

Union Racial Discrimination is Alive and Well

… Davis-Bacon Act-which mandates that prevailing (union) wages be paid on all federal construction … Construction unions are cartels: they lift wages above what the free market would pay … firms to say who can be hired and what wage they can earn. Local governments have …

Let's Get Moving on the Roads

… higher diesel fuel tax. Repeal Prevailing Wage. Beginning in 1965, the state's Prevailing Wage statute required that workers … funds be paid inflated, union-scale wages and benefits. A federal district court … contracts up for bid without prevailing wage provisions, but the legislature …

The Making of Michigan

Lynne Deur and Sara Michel

… government-enforced monopoly helped the British prevail in North America in general and in … centers, but entrepreneurs in Detroit prevailed over all contenders. The authors … need to organize and demand higher wages." 42 By writing that workers "saw … to organize and bargain for better wages." 43 Twice told, the lesson for students …

Forging the Peninsulas

David McConnell

… Quakers) and blacks that prevailed in Michigan. After the Civil … forest fires and erosion prevailed.9 Students need to understand … collective force to raise their wages. But there is more to the story. Higher wages mean less capital is available … improve their product. Also, if wages are raised, then the increased …

Freedom from Bad Labor Advice

… interpretation are very technical, myths, confusion, and misinformation often prevail over an accurate understanding of workers’ legal rights and responsibilities. … worker to do my job? Answer Yes. Employees who strike to obtain better wages, hours, and working conditions, which are neither caused nor prolonged by …

II. The Worker's Compensation System

… treatment, rehabilitation costs, and wage loss benefits for time lost … protections, such as maximum wage loss benefits, some control … replacement of his or her lost wages--80 percent of the after-tax … of his or her average weekly wage, up to a maximum which in Michigan … preponderance of the evidence (the prevailing weight of the evidence) …

Table 6

… REVENUE NEED     $293.2 LOCAL COUNTY & CITY NEED   $281.8        Reorganization & Privatization $64.3          Design Standards $18.8          Prevailing Wage $6.7          Total Cost Savings   $89.8        Net Local Need     $192.0 TOTAL STATE AND LOCAL NEED   $485.2 Back to State and Local System …

Conclusions

… operations, changes in design and value analysis, tort reform, changes in prevailing wage laws, and reforms in some environmental requirements. There are pluses … private passenger transportation services. Repeal state and local prevailing wage laws Reform liability laws relating to highways, separately from any …

Federal Davis-Bacon Act Reforms

Permanent repeal of Michigan's prevailing wage law will have some limited benefit in lowering highway … assuming 3/4 of this work is contracted out, that wages represent 20.6% of costs, and that the 35% reduction in wages proposed by Professor Wolfram is possible. Because …

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 …

State Issues Affecting Costs

… land for projects, reevaluating design standards we are imposing on projects, using value engineering techniques to lower costs, eliminating prevailing wage laws, considering tort reform for highway related claims, and imposing strict cost-benefit analyses of environmental and other regulations that …

Executive Summary

… privatization, changing the terms of land acquisition, changing design standards and applying value engineering concepts, repealing the state's archaic Prevailing Wage Act, discouraging frivolous and costly lawsuits against the state through reforms in tort law, selling the state's network of railroad track, …

Labor Law Reform

… a quality management issue. These reforms also make eminently good economic sense. The Governor should pursue the following: Repeal of the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. Michigan's image as a high-cost, over-regulated state is only reinforced by harmful laws like this and a similar one, the State Printing …

The Most Expensive Lottery Tickets in the Country?

… pay its workers the "prevailing wage." Since "prevailing wage" means the wage rate paid to unionized workers, … that doesn't pay union-scale wages. Instead of shopping for the … Another exception is the "Prevailing Wage Act" of 1965, which says …