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The “High-Wage, High-Skill” Rationale

… work, the advocates of prevailing wage laws contend, tends to … from the new skills.[22] Prevailing wage advocates believe that … floor beneath construction wages on government contracts, the prevailing wage law counteracts this flaw … particular, advocates of prevailing wage laws have stressed the …

The Social Justice Rationale

… then be forced to increase wages to attract qualified workers, … at least tend to stabilize wages, rather than drive them further … government-funded project. The prevailing wage law is meant to protect … pass with Michigan’s prevailing wage law. * It has been argued … passage of Michigan’s prevailing wage law.

Rationales for Preserving the Prevailing Wage

… rationales for the enactment and retention of prevailing wage laws. The first is based on notions of social … workers on government projects from having their wages undercut as a result of “cutthroat” competition … The second rationale is that by establishing a wage floor for construction labor, governments encourage …

The Federal Davis-Bacon Act

The federal prevailing wage law is the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, … many subsequent state prevailing wage laws, requires that construction workers receive "wages that will be determined by … secretary of labor to be prevailing for the corresponding classes … guidance as to how a prevailing wage is to be determined out …

Prevailing Wage Laws in Other States

Most states have prevailing wage laws, as does the federal government, … explicitly call for a minimum wage based on rates found in collective … of discretion to set prevailing wage rates, neither defining what constitutes a "prevailing" wage nor calling for the … detailed; Tennessee’s prevailing wage statute, for instance, …

How Wage Mandates Are Determined

… statute does not define a prevailing wage, nor does it provide any … and issued a separate prevailing wage, but it does specify that the determination of prevailing rates is to be based on … rates.[7] The WHD determines prevailing wages on a county basis, using … become a constant process — wage schedules are updated whenever …

Coverage

Michigan’s prevailing wage law governs the wages paid to all construction employees … construction is governed by the prevailing wage law, even when all funds … require the application of prevailing wages.[3] The statute requires … and fringe benefit rates prevailing in the locality in which …

Introduction

… requiring the payment of union wages and benefits to construction … government. The state’s prevailing wage law was enacted in 1965, … collective bargaining agreements "prevailed" in the construction labor … requirements. Thus, the prevailing wage law could have been seen … consequence, Michigan’s prevailing wage law now forces taxpayers …

Executive Summary

Michigan’s prevailing wage law requires that contractors on … construction projects pay union wages. Passed at a time when union … percent in 2006 — the "prevailing wage" now forces contractors … Michigan workers. The prevailing wage law increases the cost … taxpayers. Repeal of the state prevailing wage law would have saved taxpayers …

Foreword

… period when Michigan’s prevailing wage law for state-supported … Center Report "Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law and Its Effects on … established that Michigan’s mandated wages were "prevailing" in name only; they did … projects. Michigan’s prevailing wage law and administrative …

The Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law

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

How To Avoid Raising Taxes

… 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 …

A “Way Forward” for Michigan?

… elected legislators, with standards no more stringent than federal ones. A Right-to-Work law and the repeal of industrial-era dinosaurs like prevailing wage statutes that pad the costs of public construction projects. The state "economic development" industry — MEDC, "Technology Tri-Corridors," "Incubators," …

Paying More to Protect the Privileged

… specialty/technical workers by a substantial margin. Failing to repeal an outmoded "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market wages on school construction projects may make union bosses happy, but adds an …

Prevailing Wage Laws

The state’s Prevailing Wage law, modeled after the federal Davis-Bacon Act, … state law could save 35 percent of the wage component of many construction projects, … not subject to Davis-Bacon, and that wages represented 20.6 percent of the costs, and the 35 percent wage savings noted above, then, potential …

Policy Reform Recommendations

… contract with neighboring cities or their county. The third set of key reforms relate to a variety of spending efficiency proposals: Eliminating prevailing wage laws; Making changes in state trunk line maintenance, including putting out to bid all state work in each county; Getting the state out of the …

Study: Michigan’s Road System Needs Both Reforms and Dollars

Revenue increases must be tied to policy changes and offsets, according to study’s author

… addition, savings can be achieved by consolidating the number of road agencies involved in Michigan road building and maintenance, eliminating prevailing wage laws, closing loopholes in registration fee collections and adopting other common-sense measures." Pavement with remaining service life in good …

Bigger Taxes or Smaller Government — Let the People Decide

… privatization, $150 million that could be realized by repealing the so-called "prevailing wage" law on school construction projects and millions more dollars that … have asked employees to share the burden and thousands have made painful wage and benefit concessions. So, do the same with school employees. Open the …

Contradictions and Spurious Conclusions

… technical workers by a substantial margin. Failing to repeal an outmoded "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market wages on school construction projects may make the Granholm administration’s union …

Road Funding: Time for a New Direction

… changing current practices that drain money from the Michigan Transportation Fund; and enacting common-sense efficiency reforms like repealing prevailing wage requirements, consolidating the multiplicity of road agencies, and privatizing more maintenance functions through competitive contracting. Whatever …

Michigan Cannot Afford a Sales Tax on Services

… the MEA’s political coffers, but monstrously expensive to struggling school districts. None of the state’s unions support repeal of the archaic Prevailing Wage Act, which inflates construction and renovation costs to state and local governments in Michigan by at least $200 million annually. Rather than …

Doom for Whom?

… with the systemwide spur of competition yielding as much as $200 million a year in savings from current levels; Because the state repeals its "prevailing wage" law, which currently increases the cost of government construction projects by around $200 million a year; or Because the state finally implements …

Legislators Should Do No More Harm To Michigan

… former. There is no economically friendly way to tax if you’re spending too much or spending unwisely. For instance, Michigan’s union-sponsored Prevailing Wage Act requires the needless spending of as much as $150 million by public schools every single year, and tens of millions more by other units of …

Is it Smarter to Lower Michigan’s Investment Disincentives a Lot or a Little?

… The government-centric conventional wisdom that prevails near the capitol holds that we must replace the … customers in higher prices, or to labor in lower wages." Actually, that misrepresents where the burden … subject to a new tax can’t just take it out of wages. They were already paying as little as possible …

Decades of Dollars and Disappointment

… custodial services, a per-pupil savings of roughly $200. Michigan’s prevailing wage law requires that state-funded construction projects, including public school buildings, must pay a wage that is established through a collaboration of labor unions, unionized contractors …

Michigan: A Taxing Place To Do Business

… that’s a problem we have to fix if we’re to really make a positive difference on the tax side of the equation. We have a law on the books, the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965, which requires the needless spending of as much as $150 million by public schools alone, every single year, and tens of millions …

MEA continues lawsuit over public charter schools

Schools continue serving students, parents

… Montessori Academy - Mt. Clemens Paramount Charter Academy - Kalamazoo Prevail Academy - Mt. Clemens Richfield Academy - Flint Three Oaks Academy - Muskegon … more available to bargain, the more is available for them for salaries and wages," Battaglieri said. At the end of the deposition, Battaglieri says he could …

Sinking fund legislation could balloon local property tax millages

… 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. Public school employees’ health insurance — a market dominated by the Michigan Education Association’s …

Union Monitor

… rights of workers who do not want union membership, the impact of labor law, such as the impact of Michigan’s law requiring the use of the union’s prevailing wage in public construction, MESSA, the Michigan Education Association-created school employee health care administrator, and a host of other labor …

The Wrong and Right Approaches to Michigan’s Economic Malaise

… government exist to serve the people" question? Next, repealing the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market level wages be paid on school construction projects would save $150 million Gov. Granholm …

How To Replace the SBT With Nothing (Viewpoint on Public Issues)

… for transit users at a much lower cost: $112 million. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market-rate wages on school construction projects: $150 million. Don’t send extra money to …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST March 14, 2006

… Arbor high school $3 million over budget," Dec. 13, 2005 https://www.educationreport.org/7464 Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Nov. 9, 2001 https://www.mackinac.org/3844 Michigan Education Report, "Innovative construction saves charter …

Michigan’s Russian Roulette

… secondary schools; governmental setting of minimum wages; a government-run retirement savings plan for workers; … business owners and less-skilled workers can set wages independent of job-killing "prevailing wages" and mandatory union bargaining laws. It …

How To Replace the SBT With Nothing

2007 Version

… for transit users at a much lower cost: $112 million. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market rate wages be paid on school construction projects: $150 million. Schools can realize …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST January 31, 2006

… Jan. 25, 2006 https://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006601250306 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Nov. 9, 2001 https://www.mackinac.org/3844 Michigan Education Digest, "New Ann Arbor high school $3 million …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST December 13, 2005

… https://www.mlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-15/1133458030211030.xml?aanews?NEA&coll=2 FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Nov. 9, 2001 https://www.mackinac.org/3844 Michigan Education Report, "Innovative construction saves charter …

Transforming Michigan

… “No-More-Stringent” Law Repeal the Prevailing Wage Act. It needlessly balloons … $300 million every year. The Wages of "Prevailing Wages" Less Money for Education Prevailing Wage Repeal Would Save State … Annually Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to …

Pain Threshold

… resembles the contrast between mandates for a minimum wage, prevailing wage or living wage and a free and competitive labor market. In short, …

Editorials and columns from prominent newspapers (Hundreds of items)

… 2005 Peter Luke: Tax on high-wage jobs puts Michigan at crossroads … News, Nov. 7, 2004 Unwise State Wage Hike Will Strain Future Budgets … Dec. 11, 2003 Wise heads prevail with delay of tax cut The … Feb. 14, 2003 Killing Prevailing Wage Law Would Help with Budget … $275 million a year Kill Prevailing Wage The Detroit Free Press …

News Coverage (Hundreds of items)

… fiscal year in the red The Detroit News, Oct. 1, 2003 State workers trade wages for time off Lansing State Journal, Oct. 1, 2003 Union's leaders accept … budget cuts Lansing State Journal, June 25, 2003 Andrews: Cooler heads prevail in state budget process The Detroit News , June 24 2003 Granholm, GOP …

Rally for the Classroom, Not the Budget Process

… privatized noninstructional services, but fully competitive bidding of employee health insurance services and a repeal of Michigan's costly "prevailing wage" act for school construction services. I hope that the rally will feature a more nuanced agenda than simply calling for more money. In that spirit, …

Thatcher of the West

… resembles the contrast between mandates for a minimum wage, prevailing wage or living wage and a free and competitive labor market. In short, …

Lansing must embrace basic reform following the Watkins debacle

… without raising taxes: 1. Exempt public schools from Michigan’s archaic Prevailing Wage Act. Mackinac Center research suggests that forcing school districts to contract with only those construction firms that pay "prevailing wages" inflates school renovation and building costs by $150 million annually …

Legislative Action

… www.michiganvotes.org/2005-SB-232 Prevailing wage House Bill 4412, introduced … it PA 166 of 1965, the Prevailing Wage Act. This 40-year-old … express term that the rates of wages and fringe benefits to be paid … and fringe benefit rates prevailing in the locality in which … their employers." This prevailing wage requirement currently …

Watkins Debacle Shows Need for Basic Education Reforms

… without raising taxes: Exempt public schools from Michigan’s archaic Prevailing Wage Act. Mackinac Center research suggests that forcing school districts to contract with only those construction firms that pay "prevailing wages" inflates school renovation and building costs by $150 million annually …

Commentary (Dozens of items)

… by Lawrence Reed The Mackinac Center for Public Policy Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act: Will Common Sense Prevail? by Mr. Mark Fischer

Reinventing a Broken Wheel

… Osborne and Hutchinson circumvent prescriptions for handling such impediments to upgrading our public sector workforce. Eliminating bumping, "prevailing wage rules," and the prohibitively high legal costs of punishing or removing incompetent public employees are apparently nonstarters for worthwhile …

Mackinac Center President Calls for Eliminating SBT Through Spending Cuts, and for Deregulation of Telecom

Would exempt schools from Prevailing Wage Act: “Can’t support kids without euthanizing this dinosaur”

… for two major reforms: exempting the state’s school system from the Prevailing Wage Act, which regulates contracting for construction services; and changing … services and save money on health insurance costs. Reed argued that the Prevailing Wage Act raises construction prices for schools by $150 million annually …

Michigan at the Crossroads

A “State of the State” Address Jan. 31, 2005

… more cash with chewing gum and bailing wire onto a rickety system that needs an overhaul. First, exempt public schools from Michigan’s archaic Prevailing Wage Act. Mackinac Center research has estimated that forcing schools to subsidize construction unions inflates renovation and construction costs by …