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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 Prevailing wage, a bad policy that was repealed by the Legislature in 2018, was recently reinstated by Gov.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

… well. So why, by reinstating “prevailing wage” for state contractors, is Gov. … doing the opposite? This arbitrary wage floor raises prices on taxpayers with … lawmakers repealed the state’s prevailing wage law. The law had mandated union wage scales on public construction projects. …

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 … significantly. Reinstating prevailing wage is a misguided decision … Mackinac Center’s work on prevailing wage here. Steve Delie is …

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 These laws, which are … key union argument for prevailing wage is that giving more money … that repealed Indiana’s prevailing wage mandate required the state … grew faster after their prevailing wages laws were repealed. …

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 … by a petition, barring prevailing wage mandates in state contracts. … contractor to “to pay ... a wage or fringe benefit based on ... rates prevailing in the locality.” According …

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 … repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. Sound advice, to … before Indiana ended its prevailing wage law — employment rebounded … outcomes, such as the average wage paid in a particular industry. …

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

… categories); Sales taxes, including gross receipts and excise taxes; Minimum wage mandates; Government employment as a percentage of total state employment; … right-to-work law, and it should not re-enact the recently repealed prevailing wage statute. 2. Mitigate state revenue losses by ending nonessential programs. …

Michigan Entered 2020 Stronger

… a terrific economic development tool. And the recent repeal of the prevailing wage law should help the state save money on valuable, publicly financed … such a law, it will instead grow at 2.8%, or 40% faster. Repealing prevailing wage laws means that government-financed construction projects need not …

Some Perspective: Michigan is Stronger Today

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

… a terrific economic development tool. And the recent repeal of its prevailing wage law should help the state save money on valuable, publicly financed … recover from either slow or sharp declines in state growth. Repeal of prevailing wage laws means that government-financed construction projects need not …

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 … without pledging to adhere to prevailing wages, he said.

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 … roads and schools. The “prevailingwage is typically determined by …

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

Michigan voters rejected similar union overreach in 2012

… Republican-controlled House. It’s House Bill 4034, introduced by Rep. Brian Elder, 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 from awarding construction contracts to the lowest bidder unless the …

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

… 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 … to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law for state-funded projects, … 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

… 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 … who adhered to union-level wage scales. They also required … that the repeal of the prevailing wage law applied only to state-funded …