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Michigan Schools Need to Be Frugal

… endorsing the following reasonable positions instead of echoing the tired, old refrain of "send more money." Exempt K-12 education from costly "prevailing wage" requirements, which unnecessarily boost construction and renovation costs for Michigan public schools by at least $150 million per year.  Neighboring …

No: Michigan Can't Afford to Postpone Reducing Taxes, Attracting Growth

Should State Delay Income, Business Tax Cuts?

… tax cuts. Some who urge postponement or cancellation of the tax cuts are the same ones who oppose exempting education from the state's costly prevailing wage law. This special privilege for organized labor every year forces Michigan schools to spend $150 million more than necessary for construction. …

Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to waste money

… return of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act, a piece of special-interest … that has a so-called prevailing wage law. Passed in 1965, it … funds must pay contractors wages that are "prevailing" in the area in which the … actual effect of the prevailing wage law is to allow unionized …

"Ed-Flex" Bill Passes Michigan House

… bills that would repeal prevailing wage requirements and union-only … legislation said that allowing prevailing wage exemptions for school … its schools from its prevailing wage law, saving schools an … saying the changes could reduce wages and benefits for construction … commentary, "Michigan's prevailing wage law forces schools to …

Charter school conference draws hundreds

Speakers challenge school officials to "step up" and improve education

… budgets through privatization of support services; championing greater parental choice in education; calling for repeal of a union-supported prevailing wage law that forces schools to waste millions of dollars every year; and demanding an end to the forced unionization of public school teachers. "Do …

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 …

Four Principles and a Challenge

… of earlier. Work for repeal of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965, at least with regard to school … construction if all we do is exempt schools from the Prevailing Wage requirement that they have to subsidize the … schools from that state's equivalent of our Prevailing Wage law.  As reported by the Buckeye Institute …

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money

… return of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act, a piece of special-interest … that has a so-called prevailing wage law.  Passed in 1965, … funds must pay contractors wages that are "prevailing" in the area in which the … actual effect of the prevailing wage law is to allow unionized …

Are Michigan Citizens Undertaxed?

… construction costs every year because of the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. That special interest legislation effectively mandates union-scale wages on projects that take more than a penny of state … sense to support even a partial repeal of the Prevailing Wage Act. Too many in Lansing these days are worried …

New Year's Resolutions for Michigan's New Legislature

… their members before spending their money on politics. Repeal the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965.   This antiquated piece of special-interest legislation … on all state-funded construction projects in effect be paid union-scale wages and benefits.  This ignores the competitive compensation packages established …

When "Local Control" Means Control of the Locals

… legal and legitimate product that criminals abuse? Passing local "prevailing-wage" and "living-wage" ordinances that confer special benefits on organized labor at the expense …

Charters not exempted from high construction costs

… subject to the state's prevailing wage law, which mandates that … according to higher union wages. The ruling could dramatically … they are subject to the Prevailing Wage Act. Charter schools … a bill to repeal the prevailing wage law, which he said adds … Public Schools, thinks the prevailing wage law should be repealed …

The Wages of "Prevailing Wages" Less Money for Education

… Michigan's so-called Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. This law, … artificially high union-scale wages, even if they can do the job … repeal, of Michigan's prevailing wage law could open up greater … Beginnings The original "prevailing wage" law, the federal Davis-Bacon … show that Michigan's prevailing wage law unnecessarily boosts …

The Road to Privatization: Let States Take Charge of Highway Dollars

… federal mandates are the following: Construction wage laws. These require that any project receiving federal funds must pay workers the area's "prevailing wage" as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor. In most cases, this means above-market union wages which add an estimated average of 15% to the cost …

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act: Will Common Sense Prevail?

… other states, has a "prevailing wage" law that effectively … projects. Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 mandates that "prevailing rates of wages and fringe benefits" be paid … The framework of the prevailing wage law also reflects the …

Prevailing Wage Law Wastes Taxpayers' Money

… Michigan's so-called prevailing wage law, which unnecessarily … at artificially high union wage rates. This means that even … more by mandating inflated wages for all construction workers, … non-union. Because of the prevailing wage law, Michigan taxpayers … and repeal the wasteful prevailing wage law. For the Mackinac …

Prevailing Wage Law Hurts Workers, Economy, According to New Analysis

MIDLAND— "Prevailing wage" laws, which mandate union-scale wages for all work involving state … should repeal the state's prevailing wage law, say study author … suggest that Michigan's prevailing wage law stifles economic growth, … months when Michigan's prevailing wage law was inoperative with …

Endnotes

… the "strength" of state prevailing wage laws, see A. J. Thieblot, … Evaluation of Impacts of Prevailing Wage Law Repeal," Journal of … The states with strong prevailing wage laws are Michigan, Illinois, … unambiguously was covered by prevailing wage legislation the entire … potentially might be liable for extra wage payments if they paid less …

Prevailing Wages and Construction Costs

Prevailing wages raise labor costs. The impact that they have … 1) the extent to which prevailing wages exceed the wages that employers and workers … impact, if any, that prevailing wages have on worker productivity. … issue of the extent that prevailing wages exceed the wages that …

The Case against Prevailing Wage Laws

There is, however, both theoretical and empirical evidence that casts doubts on the arguments above and suggests that prevailing wage laws are outmoded, ineffective, discriminatory, inefficient, and expensive to taxpayers. The force of these arguments has led some states to abandon long-enacted legi …

The Origin of Prevailing Wage Laws

Prevailing wage laws were first adopted during the Great Depression, … popular argument for prevailing wage laws was advanced by some … argued that by mandating higher wages for workers than what they … doubt many of the state prevailing wage laws was Northern union … that the idea behind "prevailing wages" was seen by some congressmen …

Introduction

… governmental contractors to pay "prevailing wages" on projects undertaken … Davis-Bacon Acts," or "prevailing wage" laws in over 40 states. … laws on the books regarding wages on state (and usually local) … contracts. What are prevailing wages? The short answer is … the federal government, prevailing wages are typically wages set …

Executive Summary

… governmental contractors to pay "prevailing wages" on projects undertaken … Davis-Bacon Acts," or "prevailing wage" laws in over 40 states, including Michigan. What are prevailing wages? The short answer is … prevailing wages are typically wages set at or near the union-scale … sector where market forces prevail. Prevailing wage laws are …

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law and Its Effects on Government Spending and Construction Employment

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 requires contractors to pay artificially high union wages on all state-financed projects from road repair … permanently repealed. The study also reveals prevailing wage laws' negative effect on job creation in the …

Empirical Evidence

… theorizing above suggests that prevailing wage laws should reduce employment … since at the above-market "prevailing" wage, some workers are not hired … economy most affected by prevailing wage laws is construction. … public sector, which faces prevailing wages under the Davis-Bacon …

Four Theoretical Arguments

… theoretical arguments against prevailing wage laws. First, such laws … directly with its price (or wage): The more workers can earn … equilibrium." The enactment of a prevailing wage law forces wages up (to … demanded (D). Put simply, prevailing wage laws create unemployment … as the extent to which prevailing wage laws apply in labor markets. …

Conclusion

… Michigan has a strong prevailing wage law, albeit one that is … effects suggests that state prevailing wage laws have adverse consequences. … gain from the removal of prevailing wage restrictions. The severe … because of the state's prevailing wage law. It is estimated … governmentally determined "just wage" that bears little resemblance …

Prevailing Wages, Economic Prosperity, and the Quality of Life

Prevailing wages were supposed to reduce poverty and improve … would want to go to the high-wage areas protected by prevailing wage legislation. If, however, … states that are "strong" prevailing wage law states, a group that … migrated out of the "strong" prevailing wage law states for other states. …

Employment Effects of Prevailing Wages by Race

… it was suggested that prevailing wages should reduce employment … consequences of strong prevailing wage laws, as well as possibly … with the theory that prevailing wage laws reduce financial … well as individual state prevailing wage laws. The Michigan strong prevailing wage law, however, seems to …

Important Differences Between Government and Private-Sector Unions

… that negotiate union contracts with extravagant wages and inefficient work rules are soon forced to drive … political support. They may also support "prevailing wage" laws which require contractors working on government projects to pay union-scale wages, benefits, and employ restrictive work rules, effectively …

The Beginnings of the American Labor Movement

… broadly invoked to limit or prevent concerted or union activity.5 The prevailing judicial view was that most forms of concerted employee protest aimed … Parcel Service and the Teamsters union. Early labor skirmishes were often waged in the courts. In the 1908 "Danbury Hatters" case9, the U. S. Supreme Court …

Is There a Better Way to Finance and Build New Schools?

… proposals are put forward, however, ultimately may help these efforts to prevail. Such an outcome could weaken the American systems of federalism and local … costs imposed by federal and state mandates. Such mandates include prevailing wage laws, environmental regulations, and minority set-asides, which often …

III. Improving Education for Michigan Children

… Exempt public schools from the Prevailing Wage Act. On page 9 of this report, the Michigan Prevailing Wage Act was explained as special … requires the payment of union-scale wages and tends to lock out the majority … them from compliance with the Prevailing Wage Act. Within the first five years, …

II. Reforming Labor Law to Protect Worker Rights

… help.   5. Repeal the Prevailing Wage Act. Imagine a law that … precisely the effects of the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. It is a classic … those projects to be paid "prevailing" wages and benefits. That invariably … taxpayers every year. The Prevailing Wage Act has been challenged …

Minimum Wage Causes Maximum Pain

… law America’s first minimum wage: 25 cents an hour, rising to … another hike in the minimum wage. Now is a good time to reexamine … the impetus for the minimum wage actually began. The working … quality product for lower wages. Politicians in Massachusetts, … political muscle eventually prevailed and the national law was …

Current Problems in School Bonding

… construction financed by qualified bonds is subject to Michigan’s Prevailing Wage law, which requires (for all practical purposes) that union-scale wages be paid for construction labor.11 Michigan’s SBLF program appears to be …

Union Racial Discrimination is Alive and Well

… Davis-Bacon Act-which mandates that prevailing (union) wages be paid on all federal construction … Construction unions are cartels: they lift wages above what the free market would pay … firms to say who can be hired and what wage they can earn. Local governments have …

Let's Get Moving on the Roads

… higher diesel fuel tax. Repeal Prevailing Wage. Beginning in 1965, the state's Prevailing Wage statute required that workers … funds be paid inflated, union-scale wages and benefits. A federal district court … contracts up for bid without prevailing wage provisions, but the legislature …

The Making of Michigan

Lynne Deur and Sara Michel

… government-enforced monopoly helped the British prevail in North America in general and in … centers, but entrepreneurs in Detroit prevailed over all contenders. The authors … need to organize and demand higher wages." 42 By writing that workers "saw … to organize and bargain for better wages." 43 Twice told, the lesson for students …

Forging the Peninsulas

David McConnell

… Quakers) and blacks that prevailed in Michigan. After the Civil … forest fires and erosion prevailed.9 Students need to understand … collective force to raise their wages. But there is more to the story. Higher wages mean less capital is available … improve their product. Also, if wages are raised, then the increased …

Freedom from Bad Labor Advice

… interpretation are very technical, myths, confusion, and misinformation often prevail over an accurate understanding of workers’ legal rights and responsibilities. … worker to do my job? Answer Yes. Employees who strike to obtain better wages, hours, and working conditions, which are neither caused nor prolonged by …

II. The Worker's Compensation System

… treatment, rehabilitation costs, and wage loss benefits for time lost … protections, such as maximum wage loss benefits, some control … replacement of his or her lost wages--80 percent of the after-tax … of his or her average weekly wage, up to a maximum which in Michigan … preponderance of the evidence (the prevailing weight of the evidence) …

Table 6

… REVENUE NEED     $293.2 LOCAL COUNTY & CITY NEED   $281.8        Reorganization & Privatization $64.3          Design Standards $18.8          Prevailing Wage $6.7          Total Cost Savings   $89.8        Net Local Need     $192.0 TOTAL STATE AND LOCAL NEED   $485.2 Back to State and Local System …

Conclusions

… operations, changes in design and value analysis, tort reform, changes in prevailing wage laws, and reforms in some environmental requirements. There are pluses … private passenger transportation services. Repeal state and local prevailing wage laws Reform liability laws relating to highways, separately from any …

Federal Davis-Bacon Act Reforms

Permanent repeal of Michigan's prevailing wage law will have some limited benefit in lowering highway … assuming 3/4 of this work is contracted out, that wages represent 20.6% of costs, and that the 35% reduction in wages proposed by Professor Wolfram is possible. Because …

Prevailing Wage Law

The state's Prevailing Wage law, modeled after the federal Davis-Bacon Act, … the state law could save 35% on the wage component of many construction projects, … 1992 were contracted out, and that wages represented 20.6% of costs, then $19.2 million in wages would be subject to increased competition.45 …

State Issues Affecting Costs

… land for projects, reevaluating design standards we are imposing on projects, using value engineering techniques to lower costs, eliminating prevailing wage laws, considering tort reform for highway related claims, and imposing strict cost-benefit analyses of environmental and other regulations that …

Executive Summary

… privatization, changing the terms of land acquisition, changing design standards and applying value engineering concepts, repealing the state's archaic Prevailing Wage Act, discouraging frivolous and costly lawsuits against the state through reforms in tort law, selling the state's network of railroad track, …

Labor Law Reform

… a quality management issue. These reforms also make eminently good economic sense. The Governor should pursue the following: Repeal of the Prevailing Wage Act of 1965. Michigan's image as a high-cost, over-regulated state is only reinforced by harmful laws like this and a similar one, the State Printing …

The Most Expensive Lottery Tickets in the Country?

… pay its workers the "prevailing wage." Since "prevailing wage" means the wage rate paid to unionized workers, … that doesn't pay union-scale wages. Instead of shopping for the … Another exception is the "Prevailing Wage Act" of 1965, which says …