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Chances for Local Government Union Pay Reform Good in House; Questionable in GOP Senate

… that the estimate includes no wage increases for city employees. … agenda. "Right to Work, prevailing wage and 312 get at what some … Policy, said that since 2002, wages for police workers have gone up 5 percent and wages for fire department workers … “Binding arbitration protects the wages and benefits of Michigan’s …

Kersey Testifies on Prevailing Wage

… and Ethics Committee regarding Michigan’s prevailing wage law, according to both MIRS Capitol Capsule and Gongwer News Service. Prevailing wage dictates that union-scale wages be paid on construction projects involving taxpayer …

I'm Just a Bill

… HOUSE BILL 5523 Repeal “prevailing wage” law Introduced by state … repeal of the state “prevailing wage” law proposed by House Bill 5522. The “prevailing wage” law which prohibits awarding … the contractor pays “prevailing wages,” which are based on … a geographic region. These wage rates may be above the market …

MichiganVotes.org Feb. 18 Weekly Roll Call Report

… state money would still be subject to the “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government … bidder unless the contractor pays so-called "prevailing wages" based on union pay scales, which are generally … Bill 95 and House Bill 4224 would repeal “prevailing wage”. Referred to committee, no further action …

Turning Point in the Midwest?

… Kersey Testifies on Prevailing Wage Paul Kersey, director … regarding Michigan’s prevailing wage law, according to both … Gongwer News Service. Prevailing wage dictates that union-scale wages be paid on construction projects … to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, which prohibits granting …

A Reform Movement Is Born

Lawmakers in Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan zeroing in on the union establishment

… a bill to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, which prohibits granting … unless the company pays union scale wages. Enacted at a time when unions made … they all tend to make above-average wages anyway.  Rep. Price's bill would allow … basically limiting negotiable subjects to wages, and limiting pay hikes to the rate …

MichiganVotes.org Feb. 4 Weekly Roll Call Report

… benefits, repeal the state “prevailing wage” law and more. House … the penalty by working for no wage at a non-profit organization, … Senate Bill 95 (Repeal “prevailing wage” law) Introduced by Sen. … to repeal the state “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits … the contractor pays "prevailing wages," which are based on …

'Hire Michigan' Won't Increase Hiring in Michigan

… with if those companies hire Michigan-based workers would increase costs, Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive told WEYI-TV25. “We know that prevailing wage adds 15 percent to 20 percent to the cost of constructing new school buildings, for instance,” LaFaive said. While LaFaive thinks such a law …

Top 10 Budget Recommendations

… would save much more. » www.mackinac.org/5373 10 Repeal the state’s “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government construction contracts to the lowest bidder unless it pays above-market continued on other side wages. » www.mackinac.org/8907

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 …

Scheduled Saginaw Prevailing Wage Repeal Vote Quietly Killed

… 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 issues laws increase the …

A Fresh Start

… that would save much more. www.mackinac.org/5373 Repeal the state's "prevailing wage" law, which prohibits awarding government construction contracts to the lowest bidder unless it pays above-market wages. www.mackinac.org/8907 #####

All The Cool Guvs Are Doing It

Challenging the unions, that is

… illegal, and back up that prohibition with the termination of striking government employees. Finally, Kasich proposes that the state repeal its prevailing wage law. Add in the example of Indiana, where Gov. Mitch Daniels ended state employee collective bargaining via executive order, and Michigan is …

Weekly Roundup - Dec. 11

New York Times - Tax deal suggests a new path for Obama. Detroit News - Michigan should repeal "prevailing wage" laws. Connect Mid-Michigan - Child-care provider asks Supreme Court to end forced unionization. Milwaukee Journal - Governor looks to end public-sector unions. Washington Post - FCC "net …

Editorial: End PLAs

… drives up prices for government construction projects due to the “prevailing wage.” The editorial cites a study done more than a decade ago by Richard … an adjunct scholar with the Center. More information on Michigan’s prevailing wage law can be found here.

A MichiganVotes.org Apology to Rep. Dave Agema

… (Require photo on welfare "bridge cards") House Bill 5594 (Mandate public schools privatize non-instructional services) House Bill 5523 (Repeal "prevailing wage" law) House Bill 5351 (Authorize MEGA tax breaks for select "multimodal commerce" firms) House Bill 5291 (Withhold unemployment benefits if …

A MichiganVotes.org Apology to Rep. Dave Agema

… (Require photo on welfare "bridge cards") House Bill 5594 (Mandate public schools privatize non-instructional services) House Bill 5523 (Repeal "prevailing wage" law) House Bill 5351 (Authorize MEGA tax breaks for select "multimodal commerce" firms) House Bill 5291 (Withhold unemployment benefits if …

An Open Letter to Rick Snyder

What are your priorities?

… bargaining, allowing districts to reward teachers based on student performance without the need for union approval? Would you repeal the state's prevailing wage law, which adds hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the cost of government? Would you support repeal or substantive changes to the binding …

Candidate Questionnaire for Tea Party Activists: 2009-2010 Edition

Hard-to-dodge questions that suggest whether a candidate for the Michigan Legislature actually supports limited government principles

… average private sector benefit level? Would you support repealing the "prevailing wage" law that requires union-scale wages to be paid for school and other state construction projects? Would you support …

A Law Unto Itself

Police Contract Undermines Law and Order

… arriving at a fiscally sustainable package of wages and benefits with union officials who seek to maximize … instant that collective bargaining turns from wages and benefits to working conditions, which is unavoidable … resolution of the Township, the Agreement shall prevail.” This turns law enforcement on its head; the …

Hoekstra Is Only Above-Average GOP U.S. Rep. on 'Pro-Growth' Congressional Scorecard

… federalized health care and cap-and-trade legislation were worth 10 points each for a "no" vote, while a less consequential vote to reign in a prevailing wage law was worth just one point for a "yes" vote. In addition to the Congressional Scorecard, the Club is also known for its "RePork Card" ranking …

Benefits, Not Salaries, Key to School Costs

… Other areas where public schools could reduce overspending, Van Beek noted, include privatizing non-core support services, repealing the state's prevailing wage law that forces schools to spend an additional $250 million a year on construction, and embracing schools-of-choice.

Superintendent, Teacher Pay

… for school employees. Other ways schools can save a larger amount of money include privatizing non-core support services, repealing the state's prevailing wage law that forces schools to spend an additional $250 million a year on construction, and embracing schools-of-choice.

Superintendent Pay, Teacher Pay, and School Spending Reform

… for school employees. Other ways schools can save a larger amount of money include privatizing non-core support services, repealing the state's prevailing wage law that forces schools to spend an additional $250 million a year on construction, and embracing schools-of-choice.

Michigan’s GOP Congressional Team Scored Less 'Pro Growth' Than Party Peers in D.C. for 2008

… "yea" because Davis-Bacon requires wages to be paid at a "prevailing" union rate, which is almost always … expansion of Davis-Bacon requirements that wages be paid at a "prevailing" union rate, which is almost always …

Private Home Weatherization a Stimulus Spending Priority

… spreading out all over the country to talk about the bill. The weatherization projects in Michigan were delayed so the state could meet the prevailing wage acts required under federal law for weatherization work. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Michigan had designated nearly $200 million …

Gas Tax Hike Another Obstacle to Recovery

… Another big chunk of the road money gets sucked into an unconscionable transfer of wealth from taxpayers to union interests in the form of "prevailing wage" laws, "project labor agreements," etc. Plus, Michigan's state and local government full-time employees are getting $5.7 billion more in benefits …

Schools cutting, but also building

… Michigan OK projects, even as state cuts operating revenues," Jan. 16, 2010 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money," Dec. 13, 2001

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 19, 2010

… Michigan OK projects, even as state cuts operating revenues," Jan. 16, 2010 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money," Dec. 13, 2001 MICHIGAN EDUATION DIGEST is a service of Michigan Education Report (https://www.educationreport.org), …

How to Find and Eliminate Wasted State Money

… with county sheriffs' deputies who have lower wages and benefits. For private contracting to produce … This can occur through legal mechanisms like prevailing wage laws, or as a result of collective bargaining negotiations establishing higher wages and benefits. If Michigan public-sector benefits …

A Christmas Wish List for Michigan Policymakers

… would put public school teachers and state employees on the same plan. This could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law. This insidious requirement increases the cost of everything the government builds, from bridges to schools, by hundreds of millions of dollars …

Will the Real Reform Please Stand Up?

… would put public school teachers and state employees on the same plan. This could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law. The cost of this pernicious law appears in no budgets, but it increases the cost of everything the government builds from bridges to schools …

Center Cited in Detroit, Grand Rapids

… Rapids Press highlights a 2007 Mackinac Center study on Michigan's prevailing wage law and calls for the act's abolition. "The Effects of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law," by Labor Policy Director Paul Kersey, examines the rationale …

Cast Your Vote for Limited Government

… limited opportunity. Michigan also is harmed by a Legislature that refuses to adopt right-to-work protections for employees and clings to a prevailing wage statute that limits contracting options for the public sector and drives up costs. We need to return to the principles upon which America was …

Center Cited on Prevailing Wage

… Paul Kersey, director of labor policy for the Center, that found Michigan's public schools could save about $250 million a year if the state's prevailing wage law was overturned.

Mackinac Center in the News

… the Detroit Free Press regarding a push in Oakland County to pass a prevailing wage ordinance. Kersey's 2007 study on the issue showed that Michigan's prevailing wage law increased costs needlessly, especially for public schools. An …

Foul Ball

The Tigers don't quite make contact with the ticket tax

… programs, and reforming expensive but non-productive laws like the prevailing wage (which adds upwards of $200 million to state construction annually) … Relations Act (PERA is responsible for hundreds of millions annually in inflated wage and benefit costs.)   It’s perfectly understandable that the Tigers would …

Is MSU Hyping Project Labor Agreements?

School of Labor Relations holds conference on controversial construction rules

… contractors receive more than enough protection under the state's prevailing wage law, which mandates union wages on state construction and adds 10 percent to the cost of government construction. …

State or federal, protectionism hurts

… exceptions. The bills also impose “prevailing wage” provisions favored by unions on state contractors. (Prevailing wage is a law that prohibits awarding … the contractor pays so-called "prevailing wages" based on union pay scales in … or without the discriminatory prevailing wage provision, such mandates increase …

The Consequences for Democratic Self-Government

… they must offer competitive wage and benefit packages if they … financial advisors, develop a wage and benefits package, and present … considerably. Modifications to wages and benefits must be negotiated … workers are content with their wage and benefits packages, the … provision has been held to prevail. One result of the dominance …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 4, 2009

… Telegram, "Board to apply for stimulus fund loan," July 29, 2009 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "The Effects of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law," Aug. 27, 2007 Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Property Taxes and Home Values Deserve Closer Scrutiny," Oct. 30, 2008 MORE GROUPS BACK …

How to Save $2.2 Billion

… services, car-sharing and more. Savings: $112 million. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market rate wages be paid on school construction projects. Savings: $150 million. The Mackinac …

How to Save $2.2 Billion

Spring 2009 Version

… much lower cost: $112 million. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market rate wages be paid on school construction projects: $150 million. … private-sector workers have given back painful wage and benefit concessions to save their jobs. The …

Tool #3: Candidate Questionnaire for Tea Party Activists

Hard-to-dodge questions that suggest whether a candidate for the Michigan Legislature actually supports limited government principles

… defined-contribution pension systems? 7. Would you support repealing the "prevailing wage" law that requires union-scale wages to be paid for school and other state construction projects? 8. Would you …

Sneak Attack

House votes to undermine property tax protections

… at a time when hundreds of millions of dollars in potential savings are already available. Following Ohio's example by exempting schools from "prevailing wage" rules would save at least $150 million every year. And millions more could be saved, as many districts have shown, through competitive contracting …

Tax Day Highlights Burden of State Government

… reforms and spending cuts. Yet adopting cost-saving reforms — from ending ineffective economic development programs to repealing the state's prevailing wage law — would be an economically healthier solution. Encouraging high-earners to flee the state and inviting the revenue yo-yo effect that's a characteristic …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 20, 2009

… OKs $200,000 added cost to use unionized companies for renovation work," Jan. 13, 2009 FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money," Dec. 13, 2001 SUPERINTENDENT GETS $100,000-PLUS SEPARATION DEAL WYOMING, Mich. - Under the terms of a separation …

Government Operations and Spending

… Repeal the state's "prevailing wage" law, which prohibits … unless it pays above-market wages. » www.mackinac.org/8907 23 … repeal of the state's prevailing wage law in total, repeal it … repeal of the state's prevailing wage law, revise it into a "median wage" law focusing on low-wage, …

Board votes for higher-priced union labor

… OKs $200,000 added cost to use unionized companies for renovation work," Jan.13, 2009 FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money," Dec. 13, 2001

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 13, 2009

… 30 years. SOURCE: The Daily Telegram, "Input on high school sought," Dec. 11, 2008 FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money," Dec. 13, 2001 HOWELL CLARIFICATION An item in last week's Michigan Education Digest incorrectly stated, …