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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 …

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Archaic Prevailing Wage Law Should Be Repealed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 …