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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 Prevailing wage, a bad policy that was repealed by the Legislature in 2018, was recently reinstated by Gov.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 This arbitrary wage floor raises prices on taxpayers … repealed the state’s prevailing wage law.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 These laws, which are … key union argument for prevailing wage is that giving more money … that repealed Indiana’s prevailing wage mandate required the state … 2009 and 2014, when the prevailing wage law was in effect.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 …