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Mackinac in the Media

… field and no favors. Reduce utility and tax costs across the board, provide first-rate public infrastructure and lighten the regulatory load.” Prevailing wage, a bad policy that was repealed by the Legislature in 2018, was recently reinstated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for some state contracts. Jarrett …

Whitmer Reinstating Prevailing Wage is Unfair and Unnecessary

Put projects and services out for competitive bidding

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 This arbitrary wage floor raises prices on taxpayers … repealed the state’s prevailing wage law.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

Whitmer’s Prevailing Wage Move Favors Unions Over Taxpayers

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

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

The bulk of research support these findings

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 These laws, which are … key union argument for prevailing wage is that giving more money … that repealed Indiana’s prevailing wage mandate required the state … 2009 and 2014, when the prevailing wage law was in effect.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

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

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

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

See You In Court: Contractors Sue Township Over Unlawful Union Contracting Privilege

Officials thumb noses at 2015 ban on special treatment for unions in government contracts

… governments imposing prevailing wage mandates on contractors. … Chapter. Critics of prevailing wage requirements argue that … Limitations Act. And in 2018, they prevailed again when legislators approved … by a petition, barring prevailing wage mandates in state contracts. … contractor to “to pay ... a wage or fringe benefit based on …

Bad Information About the Prevailing Wage Abounds

Lawmakers should be skeptical of a recent study

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

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

Public works construction employment in Indiana grew at a faster rate

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

The Weak Case Against Repealing Prevailing Wage

It's risky to draw conclusions from faulty data

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

Do Construction Wages Fall after Ending a Prevailing Wage Mandate?

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

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

Saginaw County Stops Requiring Union-Scale Wages On Government Projects

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

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

Economic Well-Being Tied to Economic Freedom

The best economic development tool is a free market

… including gross receipts and excise taxes; Minimum wage mandates; Government employment as a percentage … should likewise avoid mandating higher minimum wages or reversing the state’s right-to-work law, and … should not re-enact the recently repealed prevailing wage statute. 2. Mitigate state revenue losses …

Michigan Entered 2020 Stronger

… development tool. And the recent repeal of the prevailing wage law should help the state save money on valuable, … instead grow at 2.8%, or 40% faster. Repealing prevailing wage laws means that government-financed construction projects need not pay higher than market wages, which should drive down the cost of building more …

Some Perspective: Michigan is Stronger Today

The state is in a more resilient position to weather an economic storm than at any time before

… development tool. And the recent repeal of its prevailing wage law should help the state save money on valuable, … sharp declines in state growth. Repeal of prevailing wage laws means that government-financed construction projects need not pay higher than market wages, which should drive down the cost of building more …

Disputed Union Wages Could Cost Taxpayers In County Construction Projects

Now Saginaw faces lawsuit over policy board approved by slim margin

… unless the firm pays union wage rates for an extensive range … regional rates for a prevailing wage. And the state of Michigan no longer sets prevailing wage rates, following the Legislature’s … continue enforcement of its prevailing wage requirements, ABC-GMC … nullify the county’s prevailing wage policy — which critics …

Prevailing Wage Repeal Critiques: Cookie Cutter Criticism

New reviews should be treated with caution

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

US House Would Overturn Michigan's Right-to-Work Law

Michigan voters rejected similar union overreach in 2012

… D-Bay City. Elder also sponsored House Bill 4884, to reimpose the old prevailing wage law (repealed in 2018), which prohibited schools and government agencies … construction contracts to the lowest bidder unless the firm paid union-level wages and benefits.

There is Waste in Michigan’s Budget

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

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

County Project Imposes Illegal Union Wage Mandate On Bidders

Contractors: ‘See you in court’ - and it could get expensive

… policy of requiring union-level wages on major building projects … state restrictions on prevailing wage requirements. Norm Brady, … They cannot require (prevailing wage) any longer.” Brady said … without removing the prevailing wage provision, ABC said, “will … that unions represent as “prevailing” for various job classifications …

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

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

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

State's Purchasing Manual Includes Unlawful Union Preference

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

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

By the Numbers

… state and local governments 51 percent — Proportion of new legislators serving in Lansing, who may have different ideas about right-to-work and prevailing wage laws than the people they replace

Media Roundup for 2018

… featured in a variety of outlets. Throughout the year, our research on prevailing wage, licensing, wage laws, bail reform and more was mentioned in multiple editorials by The Detroit …

New Policymakers Mean More Scrutiny of Recent Policy Changes

… words, to reinstate the prevailing wage laws. But these are good … don’t want to support. Prevailing wage requirements weight the … employment. Regarding prevailing wages, the public benefits … built, for instance. Prevailing wage policies are like that. They require union-scale wages for individuals who work on …

Conclusion

… 21st Century, legislators cut business taxes and scaled back some corporate welfare. Lansing eliminated project labor agreements and eliminated prevailing wage, both of which decreased the cost of government construction. Lawmakers also shored up public pensions and right-sized other government employee …

The Good News And Bad News For UAW Members

Their money is being mismanaged but you don’t have to contribute

… management is misusing their dues to build a pricey vacation home for the outgoing president. The good news is that they are using nonunion, non-prevailing wage labor to save money. The other good news is that Michigan is a right-to-work state. No worker can be forced to pay union dues and fees in order …

Legislature Says Yes To Subsidies, No To Tax Cuts

October 26 MichiganVotes weekly roll call

… Initiative Petition 2, Repeal prevailing wage law: Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate … 6, 2018 To repeal the state prevailing wage law, which prohibits awarding … lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on union pay scales that local … Initiative Petition 2, Repeal prevailing wage law: Passed 56 to 53 in the  …

More Tax-And-Spend For Michigan Roads? Scholar Says ‘Maybe’

New study assesses the need and has some ideas

… ensuring the state is receiving the proper funds from the federal government, and using savings expected from the recent repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law. He also wants to give a higher priority in the state budget to road repairs. In the new Mackinac Center study, Douglas offers a specific …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lawmakers Looking to Close the Session Strong, Move Major Reforms

… Legislature has passed bills repealing union-mandated wages on government construction jobs and establishing … mandates. Here is a summary of the bills: Prevailing Wage The law mandating union wages on public projects has been around for more than …

Michigan's Labor Revolution

… reform for public school employees. Repealing the state’s archaic prevailing wage law, which mandated union wages for public construction projects. The repeal is projected to save state …

Auto Insurance Reform for Seniors, Repeal Prevailing Wage, Medicaid Work

June 8, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

… Initiative Petition 2, Repeal prevailing wage law: Passed 23 to 14 in … To repeal the state prevailing wage law, which prohibits awarding … unless the contractor pays wages based on union pay scales that … Initiative Petition 2, Repeal prevailing wage law: Passed 56 to 53 in … The House vote on the prevailing wage law repeal described above. …

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

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

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

Why Michigan Should Repeal Prevailing Wage

Law benefits big companies at the expense of taxpayers

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

Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Needs to Go

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

Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Drives Up Costs

Government should do fair bidding for projects

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

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

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

Unions That Say Prevailing Wage Law Protects Retirees Mismanage Worker Pensions

Reports show Michigan construction union pensions in ‘critical’ condition

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

Conclusion

… by an unchecked, wide open tort system. The prevailing logic was to eliminate fault as a consideration … their own insurance company for medical coverage, wage loss and other benefits such as PIP. It was thought … qualifies as a serious enough injury, with the prevailing view giving the exception a much broader interpretation …

Dog-Fight Dogs, Obamacare, Financial Exploitation, Multi-Lingual State Websites

August 18, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

… House Bill 4594: Exempt schools from union "prevailing wage" mandate Introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger … construction or repair projects from the state "prevailing wage" law, which prohibits awarding contracts to … submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on reported union pay scales in a region. …

Unions Try to Kill a Private Trade School

But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success

… competition. Their main policy fight with ABC is over the state’s prevailing wage law, which mandates union wages on construction jobs. But taxpayers should care about the results of programs, …

The Legislative Clock is Ticking

It’s time for free-market reformers to act

… achievements, legislative leaders must take advantage of the opportunities they have. There is no shortage of good ideas. The state could repeal the prevailing wage law, which inflates the cost of public works projects by tens of millions of dollars. We should craft a long-term solution for unfunded liabilities …

The Legislative Clock is Ticking

It's time for free-market reformers to act

… achievements, legislative leaders must take advantage of the opportunities they have. There is no shortage of good ideas. The state could repeal the prevailing wage law, which inflates the cost of public works projects by tens of millions of dollars. We should craft a long-term solution for unfunded liabilities …

House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action

Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change

… welcome good policy ideas coming from the other parts of government. The document isn’t all-encompassing. It’s missing some key issues, like prevailing wage, as well as union release time and recertification (learn about those and other issues here). But overall, it is a solid document with issues …

National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri

Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform

… secret ballot in government unions’ organizing elections. SB 210 is the keystone of a package of reform bills that would also repeal the state’s “prevailing wage” law, which costs taxpayers by inflating the price of state construction contracts. Another bill in the package would also prohibit the withholding …

Recently Introduced Bills of Interest

January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

… city’s income tax. Senate Bill 3: Repeal prevailing wage law Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R), to repeal the state “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government … submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on pay scales that local union officials …

Mackinac Center Experts Available for Commentary on 2017 State of the State Address

Policy analysts watching a wide range of topics

… Income tax changes State revenue sharing with local governments School rankings and accountability Educational choice Higher education funding Prevailing wage repeal Infrastructure spending Auto insurance changes Economic development and corporate welfare State energy policy Environmental regulation …

Where Michigan’s Public Sector Union Laws Rank

Recent reforms earn a 'B' on national report card

… bargaining. They can force employers to negotiate over wages, fringe benefits, hours and more, but the law also … pre-emption of local ordinances or rules that impose wage, benefit, or leave time mandates that exceed state … several efforts have fallen short to repeal a prevailing wage law that prohibits awarding government contracts …

Major Accomplishments

Some things we're really proud of.

… high court's decision. Michigan finally repealed its 50-year-old “prevailing wage” law, which mandated using union wages on all government construction projects, regardless of what the fair market …

West Virginia Could Become 26th Right-to-Work State

Unions unhappy, orchestrate protests

… the state address. Union officials want to prevent any changes to prevailing wage requirements for government-funded construction projects, avoid cuts … employment. Bills to make West Virginia a right-to-work state and repeal prevailing wage mandates were introduced Wednesday. West Virginia Senate President …

Archaic Prevailing Wage Law Should Be Repealed

State-imposed wages lead to unnecessary extra costs for taxpayers

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

Federal Rules Would Harm Work Centers for the Disabled

Proposed regulations would cause lower employment for those with special needs

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

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

Coalition trying to repeal prevailing wage starts petition drive again

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

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

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

Helping More by Doing Less

… consequences are often more harmful than beneficial. Consider the prevailing wage requirement. The intention is to increase the cost of work so that … purchase more goods and services for everyone in the state if Michigan’s prevailing wage were repealed. Policy Analyst Jarrett Skorup has written about price …

Voters in 2016 May Face Eight Ballot Proposals

… glance at the proposals: Prevailing wage repeal A well-funded … the state’s 50-year-old prevailing wage law, which prohibits governments … unless the contractor pays wages based on regional union pay scales. It is estimated the prevailing wage law costs Michigan taxpayers … preserve or reinstate the prevailing wage, depending on what happens …

Ballot Proposals, Big Labor's Bark, and PO Boxes

… also the season for ballot proposals. Next year, voters could consider up to eight issues on the November ballot. They include repealing the prevailing wage, hiking the corporate income tax, mandating employer-paid sick time, banning the use of fracking, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana …

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

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

… to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law achieved a milestone … “It’s time to repeal the prevailing wage law costing our schools … millions.” Michigan’s prevailing wage law prohibits public schools, … the contractor agrees to pay wages based on union pay scales on … project. It is estimated the prevailing wage law costs Michigan taxpayers …

Could a Backroom Political Deal Stop Prevailing Wage Repeal?

… repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law, according to a news … Michigan 50-year-old prevailing wage law prohibits the state, … agrees to pay union-scale wages on the project. It is estimated … part, unions see the prevailing wage law very likely getting … the drive to repeal the prevailing wage — if he’s concerned about …

July 31 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Bills on school “adequacy,” secret corporate welfare, police shootings and more

… “economic damages” including lost wages, plus reasonable attorney fees. Versions … Bill 4429: Exempt schools from "prevailing wage" mandate Introduced by Rep. … construction projects from the state “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding … unless the contractor pays "prevailing wages," which are based on union pay …

Five Road Funding Principles

… infrastructure. A second principle is that reforming inefficient road building practices must be part of any road funding deal. Repealing the prevailing wage law is a modest start. Raising the standard of quality for publicly funded road construction is also crucial. Policymakers should also retain, …

Five Road Funding Principles

… oppose basic government infrastructure. Illuminate inefficient road spending practices and recommend reforms within road agencies. Repealing the prevailing wage law is a modest start. Retain the user-fee principle. Those who drive more should pay more. The per-gallon fuel tax approximates a user fee. …

Skorup Joins Pat Johnston for Prevailing Wage Discussion

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

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

Five Road Funding Principles

Mackinac Center President Joseph Lehman lays out a free-market approach to pay for roads

… oppose basic government infrastructure. Illuminate inefficient road spending practices and recommend reforms within road agencies. Repealing the prevailing wage law is a modest start. Retain the user-fee principle. Those who drive more should pay more. The per-gallon fuel tax approximates a user fee. …

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

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

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

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

If sponsors gather enough signatures in time, then legislature votes

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

Prevailing Wage Repeal is Sound Policy

However, not all reforms are cuts

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

May 15, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

… VoteSpotter today! Senate Bill 3, Repeal “prevailing wage” law: Passed 22 to 15 in the Senate To repeal the state “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government … submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on pay scales that local union officials …

Interpreting Proposal 1’s Loss

First, look at current resources

… begins devoting more tax revenue from the growing economy to needed road funding. It is also encouraging the see the Senate consider a repeal of prevailing wages, a step towards saving on construction costs in state, local governments and school districts. People should be coming together around proposals …

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

Taxpayers paying hundreds of millions extra

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

Prevailing Wage Research Cited in Detroit News

Repealing the law could save taxpayers millions every year

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

Michigan Legislature Can Pursue Free-Market Agenda

… public resources by repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage laws set artificially high prices for public … Michigan Freedom Fund estimates that eliminating prevailing wage for school construction would allow schools …

What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not

… unfunded liabilities to future taxpayers. Make good on the previously violated promise for income tax relief. Save money by eliminating arbitrary prevailing wage laws. Stop the failed corporate welfare machine. Eliminate licensing and regulatory barriers that impede entrepreneurs. Enforce the right-to-work …

How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs

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

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

Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan

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

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

What the New Legislature Should Stand For – and What It Should Not

A time for choosing in Michigan

… liabilities from weighing down Michigan. Go through with the income tax relief that was previously promised. Save money by eliminating arbitrary prevailing wage laws and central planning programs. Eliminate licensing and regulatory barriers that unnecessarily impede entrepreneurs. Enforce the right-to-work …

House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

Repealing prevailing wage a top priority

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

88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler

Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions

… “community benefits” ordinance that imposes mandatory wage, benefit, or leave time requirements on developers … would also prohibit locals from imposing a “prevailing wage” mandate requiring these employers to pay “union scale” wages, to the extent this is not already required by …

Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

Arbitrary rate harms taxpayers, school districts

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

And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report

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

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

Legislature Looks at Repealing Prevailing Wage

Center experts made suggestion 20 years ago

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

In or Out? How is Michigan Doing Among Other States?

United Van Lines National Movers Study a good gauge of where opportunity lies

… in 2015. Second, the state should repeal its archaic and expensive Prevailing Wage law which mandates higher than necessary wages on government financed construction projects. Doing so might save $224 million …

The State Budget and Civil Society

… campus that could see its subsidy cut. Repeal Prevailing Wage law: $250 million. Mandating higher than market wages on government construction projects is an archaic … Group of Lansing, suggests that repealing Prevailing Wage would save public schools and universities …

Bill to Curb Local Government Meddling Dies in House

… subsidies conditional on the wage, benefit and hiring policies … making a contractor pay "prevailing wages," which are based on … Approvals Inflated Because of Prevailing Wage Law Study: Prevailing Wage Costs Taxpayers, Schools … Cards For Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law? County Prevailing …

The 12 Fiscal Policy Days of Christmas

… $5.8 billion per year. Repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage statute. Prevailing wage statutes mandate higher than market wages on government-funded projects such as roads and …

House Road Plan Is Solid

A way to fix roads without raising gas taxes

… that stabilize the state’s finances and relieve burdens on families and taxpayers. Among the reforms the House could pursue are eliminating the prevailing wage law, closing the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System or perhaps adopting a proposal to put a Taxpayer Bill of Rights on a future …

November 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

New legislative leaders; facilitating medical innovation

… done by Michigan print shops. The bill appears to leave in effect a “prevailing wage” mandate on state-funded printing, which prohibits granting the lowest bid to a shop unless its employees are paid the equivalent of local union wages. Who Voted “Yes” and Who Voted “No” SOURCE: MichiganVotes.org, a free, …

What Should the Next Legislature Do?

… government employee benefits into balance with private-sector averages. Fully closing the gap would save $5.8 billion annually. Repeal the “prevailing wage” law that forces schools to waste $224 million annually. Expand educational choices by letting the money follow students to any school, public …

$2.1 Billion in Michigan Budget Reforms

… Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2004. Repeal Prevailing Wage law: $250 million. Mandating higher than market wages on government construction projects … Lansing, suggests that repealing Prevailing Wage would save public schools and … recommended repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law in 1989. Adopt “presumptive …

Budget Reform Ideas for 2015 and Beyond

… budget by a whopping $500 million. Repeal prevailing wage. Savings: $250 million. Prevailing wage mandates higher than market wages be paid on all projects funded by the government …

Here's Where the Candidates Stand In Michigan's 42nd House Race

Nick Fiani, Rich Perlberg, Dale Rogers and Lana Theis sound off

… program, and the state prevailing wage law. Workers for the … movies.” Michigan has a prevailing wage law that mandates union-scale wages be paid on construction work … determined by the state that prevailing wage applied, and his costs … repealing the state's prevailing wage laws. I think that will …

GOP Candidates For Michigan's 80th House District Tackle the Issues

Cindy Gamrat vs. Steve Schulz

… “corporate welfare” programs and the state’s prevailing wage law. The Michigan teacher pension system … corporate subsidies or favors.” The state’s prevailing wage law, which mandates union-scale wages on construction projects, costs taxpayers hundreds …

Three Former State Representatives Crowd The Race For Michigan's 13th Senate District

Marty Knollenberg, Chuck Moss, Rocky Raczkowski, Ethan Baker and Al Gui face off

… over ending the state’s prevailing wage law, which mandates union-scale wages on public construction projects. … each year. “I believe prevailing wage should have been repealed … happily voted to repeal prevailing wage at the same time. That … expenses.” Baker: “The prevailing wage law should absolutely …

School Support Service Privatization: Saving Money, Improving Quality

… workers with few benefits and receiving minimum wages,” “faceless, nameless employees,” and “[s]trangers … proportion and repeated ad nauseam. A double standard prevails in which contractors are typically held to much … correspondingly less concerned that high prices due to costly wage demands will decrease output and hence employment. …

Educators Facing Off In Michigan's 59th House District

Superintendent Roger Rathburn vs. teacher Aaron Miller in the Republican primary

… pension system, and higher mandated wages on state construction projects. Current … agreed on repealing the state’s prevailing wage law, which mandates higher costs … estimated $224 million annually. “Wages for construction workers, just like most other occupational wages, should be driven by the free-market,” …

Stances on Corporate Welfare a Difference In Michigan's 39th House Race

Rep. Klint Kesto vs. Deb O'Hagan

… program, and the state prevailing wage law. There was agreement … repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. In 1997, new state … bankruptcy court!” Michigan’s prevailing wage law mandates union-scale wages on public construction projects. … she said. “Repealing prevailing wage should be a priority. …

Political Experience Separates Candidates In 98th District House GOP Primary

Gary Glenn vs. Karl Ieuter

… subsidies and the state's prevailing wage law. While state workers … also agreed on the state prevailing wage law, which mandates union wage scaled be paid on construction … Important Thing Study: Prevailing Wage Costs Taxpayers, Schools … Cards For Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law? County Prevailing …

Select Business Subsidies, Endorsements Are Differences In 37th District Senate GOP Primary

State Representatives Wayne Schmidt and Greg MacMaster face off

… Medicaid expansion the second time around, and on the gas tax issue I offered an alternative to it, which would include repealing the [state's] prevailing wage law. On the Detroit bailout I didn't just vote against it, I spoke out loudly and clearly against doing it. Q: The Michigan Economic Development …