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Survey: Do voters want a new high school?

… 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

Revolutionary Cure

… Unemployment remains well above 8 percent, among the highest in the nation. Wages in 2007 fell for the third year in a row, dropping to 27th among the states. … cuts totaling more than $1.5 billion per year, such as eliminating prevailing wage rates and transferring state police road patrols to local law enforcement. …

Portage bidding process questioned

… Gazette, "Portage schools revising bid practices," Aug. 5, 2008 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "The Effects of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law," Aug. 27, 2007

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 26, 2008

… https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo/stories/index.ssf?/base/news-30/12179478 22116560.xml&coll=7 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "The Effects of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law," Aug. 27, 2007 https://www.mackinac.org/8907 ONE-QUARTER OF MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DON'T FINISH LANSING, Mich. — One in four Michigan …

Legislative Alert

Schools could pay extra to Michigan firms

… attempted unsuccessfully to link House Bill 5639 to another bill that would exempt public school construction or repair projects from the state’s prevailing wage law. Hoogendyk’s proposal failed in a voice vote. The bill passed on an 88-20 vote on May 21 and was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee …

Much to be Done

… economy, including population loss, the need to cut state spending, the advantages of a right-to-work law and the need to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. The interview is 21 minutes and 4 seconds.

My Union Dues Paid For That?

… ostensibly based on the suspicion that Buist was violating the state’s prevailing wage law. Ultimately, Local 445 filed an allegation of prevailing wage violation with the Department of Labor and Economic Growth. After a …

What Michigan Can Do to Improve its Labor Climate

… Marshall Show" on WMKT in Traverse City. Kersey discussed various labor reforms that would make Michigan more competitive, including repealing the prevailing wage law and adopting voluntary unionism, as well as problems associated with compulsory union membership. The interview is 28 minutes and 27 secon …

Michigan Needs Worker Freedom of Choice

… choice is not an option in the current Legislature, which will not even seriously consider repealing the state’s costly union subsidy called the Prevailing Wage Act. Gov. Jennifer Granholm has shown utterly no leadership on such issues. The state’s public sector unions flexed their considerable muscle …

Changing Michigan’s Labor Climate Will Take Work

… "The Greg Marshall Show" on WMKT in Traverse City. Kersey discussed several aspects of Michigan’s labor climate, including voluntary unionism, prevailing wage and union elections. The interview is 15 minutes and nine seconds.

Michigan’s Diaspora: The Revealed Preference for Leaving

… permitting and property rights infringements. 4. Labor Reform. Adopt labor reforms, such as enacting a right-to-work statute and repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law. State policymakers may also wish to reference the Mackinac Center’s 2002 paper, "Keeping Michigan on Track: A Blueprint for a Freer, More …

Michigan Needs Worker Freedom of Choice

… choice is not an option in the current legislature, which will not even seriously consider repealing the state’s costly union subsidy called the Prevailing Wage Act. Gov. Jennifer Granholm has shown utterly no leadership on such issues. The state’s public sector unions flexed their considerable muscle …

Setting the Record Straight

… previous Mackinac Center studies, or ones by other think tanks. Those studies were cited, but Mr. Bean doesn’t appear to have looked at them. On prevailing wage, for example, he guessed about the Mackinac Center’s cost assumptions. He doesn’t have to guess. The peer-reviewed study is on our Web site, with …

Budget Savings Can Replace Recent Tax Hikes

… and slice $32.4 million (20 percent) from local bus subsidies. Close nine Secretary of State offices to save $4.7 million. Repeal the state prevailing wage law to save more than $90 million on infrastructure projects. These common sense frugalities will save $211.3 million. Achievable Government-Wide …

Tax Increases Harmful to Michigan’s Health

… self-defense, legislators are now talking about unspecified “reforms.” If policymakers are serious, they should begin by repealing the state’s prevailing wage law, which benefits a small segment of mostly well-paid workers on state government construction contracts while adding $250 million annually …

Michigan’s Crisis and Opportunity

… highest level in recent memory. In 2001, Michigan’s average private sector wage was 9 percent below the average in state government. Today, it’s about 18 … of dollars in potential savings from simply scrapping the state’s prevailing wage law or contracting out high-cost government services. Blame for Michigan’s …

55 Specific Recommendations

… research shows that repealing the state’s prevailing wage law, which prohibits awarding state construction … the lowest bidder unless the company pays union wages, would very conservatively save the state at least … offices: an estimated $4.7 million Repeal state prevailing wage law: $90 million Impose a moratorium on all …

Expanding Lansing’s Prevailing Wage Would Reduce Jobs, Hike Cost to Taxpayers

Economic impact could be “severe,” says Mackinac Center labor policy director

… MIDLAND — Expanding the prevailing wage requirement in the city … study on the state’s prevailing wage law. News reports indicate … ordinance that would impose a prevailing wage requirement on private … government projects to pay the prevailing wage — usually the union wage — to workers. Paul Kersey, …

Anatomy of a Tax Hike Campaign

A Chronicle

… future). Among the cuts and reforms are privatization measures, state employee wage concessions, school employee benefit reforms, welfare cuts, suspension of the state’s “prevailing wage” law, postponing an earned income tax credit for low income workers …

Governor and Legislature Appear Unable To Judge Priorities

… continue to tolerate a state prevailing wage policy that mandates that contractors pay union wages — typically 40 percent to 60 percent above market wages, according to a recent study … that the higher construction wages don’t improve construction … Legislature have retained the prevailing wage, rejected numerous proposed …

Sweet Home Alabama

… of Michigan’s strict prevailing wage law, which requires the payment of union wages on state-financed construction, … also be helpful. The prevailing wage adds 10 percent to the … the cost of government. Prevailing wage also costs jobs; Alabama, … not have a restrictive prevailing wage law, added 5,000 construction …

Prevailing Wage Memorandum

… SUBJECT: Determination of Prevailing Wages under the Davis-Bacon … data used to determine prevailing wage rates in the construction … effects of Michigan’s prevailing wage law, www.mackinac.org/8907, … disproportionately benefited high-wage workers; workers in Michigan’s … wage will be treated as prevailing. Otherwise, a weighted average …

Will Michigan Be “The Victors” Again?

… token, if Michigan is to prosper, it will have to improve and get into condition to compete. Michigan could start by repealing an unnecessary prevailing wage law that sets taxpayers back an additional $250 million a year. Michigan might want to borrow a page from the playbook of fast growing-states …

Mackinac Center’s Labor Trilogy

… important reports on prevailing wage and right-to-work. In … Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law," written by Senior … requires the payment of union wages on all state funded construction, … Michigan receives an hourly wage that is 28.1 percent higher … workers in Michigan. The prevailing wage law boosts this above-average …

Appendix: Michigan Senate Bill 607

… with employers concerning ————————————— 1 grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours, or other 2 terms or conditions of employment. 3 Sec. … action for damages, 18 injunctive relief, or both. The court may award a prevailing plaintiff 19 costs and reasonable attorney fees. The civil remedy is …

Model Right-to-Work Language

… the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning wages, rates of pay, hours of work, other conditions of employment, or other forms … damages, injunctive relief, or both. In addition, the court shall award a prevailing plaintiff costs and reasonable attorney fees. E. This section shall …

Introduction

… right-to-work states, increasing both wages and the number of jobs available. … pension system and a severe prevailing wage law pegged strictly to union construction wages — this has led to a more or … growth rates in employment and wages are somewhat lower for all … state laws (such as the prevailing wage) that make necessary state …

Prevailing Wage Costs Taxpayers $250 Million Annually, Reduces Construction Jobs, Primarily Benefits High-Wage Construction Workers

“A trifecta of bad public policy,” says Mackinac Center senior labor analyst

… estimates that Michigan’s prevailing wage law, which requires union wages to be paid on state construction … the study. Michigan’s prevailing wage law also appears to decrease … Mackinac Center. "Michigan’s prevailing wage law effectively boosts … what Michigan law calls a ‘prevailing’ wage is actually an above-market …

Good Luck, Mike Bishop!

… are two examples of his "uncooperative" views: He wants $109 million in wage concessions from Department of Corrections’ employees in the hope of bringing … national average. He wants to repeal the mandatory union-sponsored "prevailing wage" that must be paid on government-funded construction projects. As documented …

Endnotes

… of Labor and Economic Growth/Wage and Hour Division, telephone … Investigation, The New York State Prevailing Wage Law: An Investigative … 13 Armand Thieblot, Prevailing Wage Legislation (Philadelphia: … "‘Members Only’ Brief: Prevailing Wage Laws," February 25, 2005, … Majority: Pro-Union Bias in Prevailing Rate Determinations," Journal …

Appendix B

Graphic 3: Adjusted Median Wages vs. Michigan Prevailing Wage 2005* Class BLS Median BLS Adjusted† Prevailing Wage Percentage Difference‡ … Economic Growth * The state prevailing wage figures are provided by … percentage by which the prevailing wage exceeds the adjusted Bureau …

Appendix A

… Compensation vs. Michigan Prevailing Wage 2005* (Metropolitan Area/COUNTY) … Nonunion Total Compensation Prevailing Wage Percentage Difference Wage and Hour Division Categories … Shop Special Reports.” Prevailing wage data taken from the Michigan … Division. * The state prevailing wage figures are provided by …

Conclusion

… intentions behind the prevailing wage law when it was passed, … its current form. The prevailing wage law forces the payment of union wages on state construction projects … Michiganians. The need for a prevailing wage law is dubious, but lawmakers … well-intentioned Michigan’s prevailing wage law might have been when …

Revise the Prevailing Wage Law To Focus on Low-Wage Workers

… rein in the cost of the prevailing wage while leaving a floor beneath construction wages is to establish what might be called a "median-wage rule." Under this median-wage … agreements in setting prevailing wage rates, but the law would … to generating accurate prevailing wage determinations, this median-wage …

Change How the State Calculates Prevailing Wages

… state’s calculation of the prevailing wage so that it reflects actual … realize after repealing the prevailing wage law. Such a change would … redrafting of the law. The prevailing wage statute currently calls … rates in determining prevailing wages. The statute should instead … labor to calculate the average wages of all qualified workers, union …

Temporary Suspension

… Davis-Bacon Act allows the president to suspend prevailing wage requirements in cases of emergency, permitting … crisis, lawmakers should consider suspending prevailing wage as a means to balance budgets without increasing … the law’s suspension on Michigan’s construction wages, employment and quality.

Exempt Public School Construction

… effect of this exemption on construction labor markets should be minimal. Nevertheless, exempting public school construction from Michigan’s prevailing wage mandate could save taxpayers approximately $120 million annually, based on 2002 estimates.

Alternatives to Repeal

If policymakers are unwilling to repeal prevailing wage outright, there are a number of ways to reduce the scope of Michigan’s prevailing wage law or update its provisions to reflect the current state of the economy. …

Repeal

Michigan’s prevailing wage law increases the cost of construction … forces union work rules and wages on a construction industry … It is not clear that prevailing wage laws improve the quality … workers. To the extent that prevailing wage laws improve the productivity … also associated with prevailing wage states. And the prevailing …

The Overall Cost of the Prevailing Wage for Michigan Taxpayers

… conclude that Michigan’s prevailing wage law, by mandating union wage rates on all public construction, … mandates the payment of prevailing wages on any project where … negligible if Michigan’s prevailing wage law were repealed. The … assume that the state prevailing wage law increased construction …

Experience of Michigan and Other Jurisdictions

… among the states where prevailing wage laws have been repealed, … June 1997, Michigan’s prevailing wage law was held to be invalid … predicated on the payment of market wages. In 20 cases where nonunion … the suspension of the prevailing wage law, Vedder adjusted the … nonetheless concluded that prevailing wage suspension was responsible …

Overall Cost of Construction

… use of union rates in setting prevailing wages results in wages that are 40 percent to 60 percent … 25 percent of construction costs, the prevailing wage would add 10 percent to 15 percent … jurisdictions that have either added prevailing wage laws or granted exemptions from …

Difficulties for Bidders

Michigan’s prevailing wage law has had other significant effects … The practice of the state’s Wage and Hour Division is to use … classifications to create prevailing wage scales. This is a reasonable … specialization. A typical prevailing wage determination from the … imposed by Michigan’s prevailing wage. In such situations, potential …

Workplace Safety and Quality of Construction

… question of what effect prevailing wage laws have on workplace … rates in states with prevailing wage laws. Depending on the class of injury, prevailing wage laws were associated with … story: States without prevailing wages had significantly lower … states that repealed their prevailing wage laws between 1978 and …

Prevailing Wage, Productivity and Cost-Effectiveness

Prevailing wage advocates claim that by boosting construction wages, the law promotes a better-trained … in states with strong prevailing wage laws — but this does not mean that prevailing wage laws are cost-effective. … compared states with strong prevailing wage laws to states without …

Another Perspective: Prevailing Wages and the Larger Work Force

Under the state prevailing wage law, the workers receiving the … the city of Detroit’s "living wage," which is intended to ensure … wage.[36] Michigan’s prevailing wage law boosts these wages, … Wage and Hour Division’s prevailing wage determinations for Wayne … is not what Michigan’s prevailing wage law does. To the contrary, …

Prevailing Wage and Construction Industry Compensation

… biggest beneficiaries of prevailing wage laws would seem to be … because they receive union wages on every project. But the observed effects of prevailing wage laws are different. In … states that repealed their prevailing wage laws between 1979 and … Labor and Economic Growth’s "prevailing" wages to the average wages …

The Decline of the Union Movement in Michigan

… the terms of Michigan’s prevailing wage statute, the Michigan … exclusively in determining the prevailing wage. At the time the state … reasonable way to find a prevailing wage. While there are no reliable … union rates generally did prevail at the time Michigan’s law … prevailing wage law is based on wage rates for a shrinking minority …

The Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law

A key problem with the high-wage, high-skill rationale, as discussed in detail … of the evidence indicates that prevailing wage laws do relatively little to … finding suggests that the artificial wage floor created by prevailing wage laws can result in higher costs …