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Lansing Must Embrace Basic Reform Following the Watkins Debacle

… 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 …

Michigan at the Crossroads

… should also sell the state’s conference center for state employees, cut corporate welfare and save schools at least $150 million annually through prevailing-wage reform. The Mackinac Center has identified more than $2 billion in specific budget-savings opportunities. Meanwhile, Gov. Granholm needs to reverse …

Striking Out

… workers demand salaries that are too far above prevailing market wages, they risk pricing themselves out of work. To pay … the flip side, companies that offer below-market wages without some compensating benefit are likely to …

Fewer Students = More Money?

… employee health insurance. Repealing the prevailing wage requirement on school construction and renovation … positive step. This union-biased requirement inflates wages; purchasing physical plant improvements based on market wages rather than a state mandate would save more than …

Schools hire private staffing firm to find substitute teachers

Some administrators and union officials say only school personnel should find subs

… such as a 401(k) program, weekly pay with direct deposit, and access to health benefits. The company notes that its substitutes receive “the prevailing wage in the school or district” where they work. In Kelly’s orientation program, its substitutes receive handbooks produced by the Substitute Teaching …

Government Policies Make Gas Situation Worse

… putting projects up for competitive bidding. Prevailing-wage laws, which dictate union wage scales for government projects, are another indirect … taxes. By requiring that taxpayers pay above-market wages for road construction, every penny spent by a motorist …

Budget cut studies and articles (13 items)

… 2003-04 by Mr. Michael LaFaive The Detroit News Feb. 14, 2003 Killing Prevailing Wage Law Would Help with Budget Crisis Artifical wage levels on government construction projects cost taxpayers up to $275 million …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 25, 2004

… criticized Helger of "substandard" wages for its employees, allowing … construction projects a "prevailing wage" pegged to the pay of … told the Saginaw News. Prevailing wage laws increase the cost … annually by repealing its prevailing wage law. Exempting just public … locked-in rates and the prevailing interest rate. The plan …

IV. Grants and Financial Aid

… in lower spending and sales of unneeded state assets. In some cases, just a rule change would produce mammoth savings. Repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law for school construction alone, as Ohio has done, would stop the annual waste of more than $150 million. Even if money were no object, private-college …

2004 Addendum — More Savings and Revenue Ideas

May 2004

… repeal of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law of 1965 — which would … directly to schools. The prevailing-wage law applies whenever state … law, workers must receive the wage typical of those doing similar … pupil. Because of the Prevailing Wage Act, these costs are substantially … schools from that state’s prevailing wage law — saving schools an …

Lawmakers Could Balance Budget by Cutting Spending and Selling State Assets

For Immediate Release

… Aid Fund subsidy entirely (Gov. Granholm’s modified budget reduces it to $139 million); and $150 million to $400 million – repeal the state’s “prevailing wage act” which increases construction costs on public projects. Exempting schools alone from the act, as Ohio has already done, would save public …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST April 6, 2004

… Policy, "Before Cutting Services or Delaying Tax Cuts...," May 17, 2002 https://www.mackinac.org/4354 Viewpoint on Public Issues, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Nov. 9, 2001 https://www.mackinac.org/3844 COMMENTARY: TEACHER PAY POLICY SHOULD BE BASED ON PERFORMANCE …

Why a Statewide Property Tax Increase is a Bad Idea

… gold-plated plans, they could save $400 million a year. Michigan’s "prevailing-wage" law prohibits awarding government construction contracts to the lowest-bidding contractor unless he also pays an artificially high wage based on union pay scales. Mackinac Center research suggests that this increases …

Michigan Can’t Afford Tuition Grant Program

… in lower spending and sales of unneeded state assets. In some cases, just a rule change would produce mammoth savings. Repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law for school construction alone, as Ohio has done, would stop the annual waste of more than $150 million. Even if money were no object, private-college …

Why Are Mighigan's School Districts Borrowing More?

… that every year at least a hundred million dollars of it is wasted. The reason: The governor and Legislature won’t get rid of the archaic 1965 Prevailing Wage Act, which mandates inflated construction costs as a favor to organized labor. Ohio public schools have saved hundreds of millions of dollars …

Why Are Schools Borrowing More?

… that every year at least a hundred million dollars of it is wasted. The reason: The governor and Legislature won’t get rid of the archaic 1965 Prevailing Wage Act, which mandates inflated construction costs as a favor to organized labor. Ohio public schools have saved hundreds of millions of dollars …

The Granholm Administration: A Review of Year One

… state employee unions and successfully secured more than $200 million in wage and benefit concessions, a necessary move in light of generous state compensation … programs back and not eliminated or redesigned very many. Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Act, for example, forces schools annually to spend upwards of $150 …

The Granholm Administration: A Review of Year One

… state employee unions and successfully secured more than $200 million in wage and benefit concessions, an entirely appropriate and necessary move in light … needed to balance the budget. See www.mackinac.org/5046.) Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Act, for example, annually forces schools to spend upwards of $150 …

MSU School Finance Study Too Narrow to Support Tax Hike Recommendation

… $400 million a year. Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Michigan is one of 32 states with a so-called "prevailing wage" law that prohibits awarding … unless the contractor also pays "prevailing wages," which are based on union pay … Mackinac Center has found that the prevailing wage mandate increases construction …

Bay County Taxpayers Paying Extra for "Union Only" Deal

For Immediate Release

… Bay County also has a prevailing wage ordinance, which dictates wages for workers employed on county … experience, show that the prevailing wage law alone drives up the … can still compete under prevailing wage laws, PLAs take non-union … information on the effects of prevailing wage laws, see the Mackinac …

The Headlee Amendment: Serving Michigan for 25 Years

… liposuction. The fat in the Michigan budget still includes a state-owned ski resort, a lodge reserved primarily for government employees, and the 1965 “prevailing wage” law that mandates millions of dollars of needless spending on construction projects as a sop to organized labor. Michiganians need to watch how …

IMPACT Spring 2003

… Issue: Executive Vice President's Message Election Consolidation 'Living Wage' Testimony Media Hightlights MEA Lawsuit 'Power to Choose' Detroit Entrepreneur Your Legacy Privatization Free-Market Library Prevailing Wage

Government Should Neither Favor nor Oppose Labor Unions

… addressed. That unions improve wages and working conditions is often … the last 30 years. And the wage gap between Michigan and right-to-work … Michigan workers is “prevailing-wage” laws, which specify that … conservatively — that the prevailing-wage law adds around 10 percent … school systems from the prevailing-wage law would save state taxpayers …

Winners Never Quit, and Quitters Never Win

… seemingly insurmountable obstacles to eventually prevail. I can hardly recommend a more fitting example … Institute played a key role in the defeat of a “Living Wage” ordinance in Allegheny County and the retraction … will fight again, with a very good chance of prevailing. In New Mexico, the work of the relatively …

Abolishing MEDC a Great Idea, but Not the Only One

For Immediate Release

… and others indicates that state economies grow faster in right-to-work states than they do in states without right-to-work laws. Repeal the prevailing-wage law. Michigan spends about $400 million more than necessary each year on government-funded construction projects because of this law. Reform …

A Way to Ease the Pain of Budget Cuts

… to repeal Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law of 1965 — which would … dollars every year. The prevailing-wage law applies whenever state … law, workers must receive the wage typical of those doing similar … which pay their workers prevailing market wages. But because of the prevailing wage law, all workers must …

Gov. Granholm: Profile in Budget Courage

… flourish afterwards. Indeed, the arts as a whole are too important to be dependent upon politics. Savings: $24 million per year. Repeal the 1965 Prevailing Wage Act. As the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has documented in numerous analyses, Michigan public schools are forced to waste $150 million annually …

Long-term Rx for state budget

Take these 10 ideas to get on road to financial recovery

… for schools if they didn't have to spend $150 million more than necessary every year because of a 1965 handout to organized labor called the "Prevailing Wage Act." The state itself spends more than necessary for its printing of everything from stationery to lottery tickets because of a similar law dating …

Place a Bet on Lottery Privatization

… trade union or that pay their workers the ‘“prevailing wage.’” What this meant for the Michigan lottery … various games must pay their workers union-scale wages, even if tickets of equal or better quality could be provided by lower, competitive-scale wages. The mandated high labor costs are passed on to …

Prevailing Wage Repeal Would Save State $400 Million Annually

Public Schools Alone Would Save $150 Million

… state law that establishes wage rates for workers on state … that the law, called a "prevailing wage" law, inflated government-funded … Policy Robert Hunter, the prevailing wage law is a luxury the state … costs from repeal of the prevailing wage would more than make up … citizens." The state’s prevailing wage law effectively requires …

Sales Tax on Services Is Bad Policy

… pursue a frivolous, anti-free speech lawsuit against the Mackinac Center. It’s the same organization that refuses to support repeal of the 1965 Prevailing Wage Act, which would save Michigan public schools $150 million annually, perhaps because union dues and political clout are more important to it than …

Fiscally Responsible Leasing of School Buildings and Facilities

… ownership of the structure would allow school systems to avoid additional costs imposed by federal and state mandates. Such mandates include prevailing wage laws, environmental regulations, and minority set–asides, which often add substantially to the costs of design and construction of publicly funded …

Bypassing Proposal A through the "Sinking Fund" gambit

… 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. Teacher health insurance - a market dominated by the Michigan Education Association's costly …

The November 2002 State Ballot Proposals

… (Nor should the state assume new debt for project costs inflated by “prevailing wage” dictates.) Diane Katz, director of science, environment and technology … effect to ensure they comply with CSC rules. Rarely do these rules affect wages or benefits negotiated by the state and the unions. Paul Kersey, labor …

"A Deeper Look" by Lawrence Reed

… (Nor should the state assume new debt for project costs inflated by “prevailing wage” dictates.) Diane KATZ, director of science, environment and technology … effect to ensure they comply with CSC rules. Rarely do these rules affect wages or benefits negotiated by the state and the unions. Paul Kersey, labor …

"A Deeper Look" by Lawrence Reed

… (Nor should the state assume new debt for project costs inflated by “prevailing wage” dictates.) Diane KATZ, director of science, environment and technology … effect to ensure they comply with CSC rules. Rarely do these rules affect wages or benefits negotiated by the state and the unions. Paul KERSEY, labor …

Arguments in opposition

… by incurring new debt. Fix Cost-Boosting Prevailing Wage Law First Existing state “prevailing wage” laws will boost the cost of any new sewer … (See Mackinac Center report on Michigan's prevailing wage law.) We Can't Afford It Regarding the cost, …

Prevailing wage adds to cost of government construction projects

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act: Will Common Sense Prevail? Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act mandates that artificially high union wages be paid for all state-financed construction …

Questions voters should ask when considering the sewer bond proposal

… infrastructure projects that would result. Also, existing state “prevailing wage” laws will boost the cost of any new sewer projects. Taxpayer dollars … privatizing services now provided by city departments, and on Michigan’s prevailing wage law.) The bottom line question is, can we afford it? The proposal …

"A Deeper Look" by Lawrence Reed

… (Nor should the state assume new debt for project costs inflated by “prevailing wage” dictates.) Diane KATZ, director of science, environment and technology … effect to ensure they comply with CSC rules. Rarely do these rules affect wages or benefits negotiated by the state and the unions. Paul KERSEY, labor …

Bypassing Proposal A Through the “Sinking Fund” Gambit

… 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. Teacher health insurance—a market dominated by the Michigan Education Association’s costly …

Politics and the Race for Michigan Governor

… unions. It means recognizing that schools must get more bang for the bucks they already get. Exempting Michigan schools from the archaic 1965 “Prevailing Wage Law” would save at least $150 million per year for use in the classroom. Any candidate for Governor who favors keeping that special interest law …

Bill Would "Sink" Proposal A Property Tax Limits

… on the table. Following Ohio’s example by exempting schools from “prevailing wage” rules that all but mandate costly union rules and wages on school construction projects would save at least $150 million every year. …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST June 4, 2002

… not increased taxes, but a repeal of the prevailing wage law and better debt policies for schools. … Vedder of Ohio University found that the prevailing wage law increased construction costs by at least … Viewpoint on Public Issues, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Nov. 9, …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST May 21, 2002

… that without a repeal of the prevailing wage law, which requires that any … project must pay contractors the "prevailing wage" for the area in which the project … Ohio University found that the prevailing wage law increased construction costs … on Public Issues, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," …

Before Cutting Services or Delaying Tax Cuts, State Should Save $110 Million by Repealing Prevailing Wage Law, Analyst Says

For Immediate Release

… every year: Michigan's prevailing wage law. The state could thereby … Instead, Michigan's prevailing wage law prohibits awarding … the contractor pays "prevailing wages," which are based on union pay scales. These wage rates are usually well above … repeal of Michigan's prevailing wage law. This is a conservative …

V. Improving Education for Michigan Children (2 of 2)

… public schools from the Prevailing Wage Act. Earlier in this document, Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act was explained as special-interest … the payment of union-scale wages and tends to lock out the majority … from compliance with the Prevailing Wage Act. Within the first … the time the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act was not in effect-from …

Endnotes

… MCL 408.552. Richard Vedder, "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law and its Effects on Government Spending … http://www.census.gov/govs/estimate/9923mi.html. Ibid. "Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money," Mackinac … Construction and Renovation Projects from Ohio's Prevailing Wage Law: An Interim Report of a Five-Year Study, …

IV. Reforming Labor Law to Protect Worker Rights (1 of 2)

… growth, new jobs and rising wages, Michigan's economic performance … contributions.   22. Repeal the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. Imagine … effects of the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. It is a classic … requires workers to be paid "prevailing" wages and benefits.7  In … estimates that Michigan's prevailing wage law increases the cost …

Fix Michigan Schools with Proposal A+

… services and weren't encumbered by so many costly union rules and government mandates. Exempting school construction from the state's onerous Prevailing Wage Act, as Ohio did in 1997, would save the state's schools, by some estimates, a minimum of $150 million per year alone. Nonetheless, if there …