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Taxpayers Prevail in Bay City

… to repeal the city’s prevailing wage ordinance on Feb. 6. The … Michigan with their own prevailing wage ordinances that either … require the payment of union wages on all local-government funded … Center research shows that prevailing wage ordinances increase the … Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law by Labor Policy Director …

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laws hinder economic growth … December 1994 to June 1997, prevailing wage laws were suspended because … states have repealed their prevailing wage laws, bringing the number … “Municipal ordinances governing wages and benefits known as ‘sick …

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 …

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… Michigan has repealed its prevailing wage law, the big question … $250 million.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 …

Kersey: End Prevailing Wage

… Director Paul Kersey in this Detroit Free Press Op-Ed calls for an end to prevailing wage in Michigan. You can read Kersey's study about the effects of the state's prevailing wage law, including additional costs to taxpayers, here.

Republican U.S. Rep. Upton Joins Dems to Uphold Mandatory Union-Scale Wages

Amendment would have repealed 'prevailing wage' mandate on federal projects

… voting to uphold union prevailing wages on federal construction … prevent the repeal. Prevailing wage laws ensure that arbitrary union-scale wages must be paid on government … the bids received. "Prevailing wages demand that the U.S. … federal law mandating prevailing wages is known as the Davis-Bacon …

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. …

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. …

Bay City Repeals Prevailing Wage Ordinance

… to repeal that city’s prevailing wage ordinance, something no … done, to our knowledge. A prevailing wage law mandates union scale wages on government funded construction … $100,000 exempt from the prevailing wage ordinance. I covered that … titled “Bay City Amends Prevailing Wage Ordinance.” It was expected …

Bay City Amends Prevailing Wage Ordinance

… voted to amend the city’s prevailing wage ordinance to exempt contracts … significantly — eliminates the prevailing wage mandate when Bay City … meeting this month. A prevailing wage law mandates that union-scale wages be paid on construction work … Federal, state and local prevailing wage laws can exist simultaneously. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law

Michigan’s prevailing wage law adds unnecessary costs to construction projects at taxpayers’ expense.

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 …

Study: Prevailing Wage Costs Taxpayers, Schools $224 Million Per Year

Confirmation: Mandating higher costs on construction projects makes them cost more

… confirms that the state's prevailing wage law imposes a large cost … found that Michigan's prevailing wage law costs taxpayers, public … government to pay union scale wages and follow union work rules. … yet been taken up. “Prevailing wage costs the taxpayers of … about the wastefulness of prevailing wage and provide further support …

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, …

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 …

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 …

County Prevailing Wage Law Could Add Millions To Taxpayer Costs

'Union-scale wages' means Muskegon County jail proposal will be extra pricey

… jail, and the county's prevailing wage law means local taxpayers … million for the project. Prevailing wage laws mandate that union-scale wages be paid on construction work … nothing about federal prevailing wage laws, which apply if federal … only have to pay the prevailing wage on local projects if they …

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 …

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law and Its Effects on Government Spending and Construction Employment

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 requires contractors to pay artificially high union wages on all state-financed projects from road repair … permanently repealed. The study also reveals prevailing wage laws' negative effect on job creation in the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

Politics Prevailed With Michigan's Minimum Wage Increase

Event today will discuss ways to mitigate the harm caused by the forced wage mandate

… government didn’t prevent a minimum wage increase and an increase in … corner to prevent a minimum wage ballot initiative that would … Michigan GOP to hike the minimum wage. Instead they implemented a … have increased the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, indexed … exchange for the $9.25 minimum wage the minority party will supply …

Prevailing Against Prevailing Wage

Law forces taxpayers to spend millions more than necessary on state projects

… has been introduced to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, according to The Saginaw News. Paul … Michigan Legislature recently that the state’s prevailing wage law costs taxpayers an additional $200 million … million a year because the law requires union-scale wages be paid on all construction projects involving …

Is Repeal In The Cards For Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law?

Issue is on the legislative agenda

… to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. "I believe the votes … Leader.” Michigan's prevailing wage law mandates that union-scale wages be paid on construction work … group has opposed the prevailing wage law for years. "The legislation … non-union construction employees prevail in Michigan." Gov. Rick Snyder's …

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 …

Labor Expert Addresses Prevailing Wage

… people Monday night at a meeting regarding prevailing wages and a proposed new jail in Muskegon County, according to MLive. “Essentially prevailing wage costs taxpayers and it takes out competition,” … Mackinac Center analysts have shown that prevailing wage increases the cost of publicly funded projects. …

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 …

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 …

Cost of School Millage Approvals Inflated Because of Prevailing Wage Law

Taxpayers hit with an extra $35 million in costs because of law that favors labor unions

… they wanted to pay higher wages for the construction projects … because of the state's prevailing wage law, which mandates that … cover the costs of the prevailing wage, according to the Associated … repealed." Michigan's prevailing wage law, which has been in … will repeal Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law to save the state …

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, …

Center Research Cited on Prevailing Wage Repeal

… repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law today. The story … “The benefits of the prevailing wage law to the state as a … evidence that strong prevailing wage laws are associated with … does not offset the higher wages that are also associated with strong prevailing wage laws.”

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 …

Saginaw Fails to Repeal Prevailing Wage

… scheduled vote to repeal its “prevailing wage” ordinance for construction … costing more than $50,000. Prevailing wage laws prohibit granting … above-market, “union-scale” wages. In addition to state and federal prevailing wage laws, around 30 local … research indicates that prevailing wage laws increase the cost …

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 …

Prevailing Wage Act Harms the Poor

… the state's so-called Prevailing Wage Act, which mandates that … true average construction wages, be tacked onto the rates paid … Lansing, through the Prevailing Wage Act, take the hard earned … those in need, the state Prevailing Wage Act is simply a reverse … involved at all here. The Prevailing Wage Act deserves repeal. Short …