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Mackinac in the Media

… field and no favors. Reduce utility and tax costs across the board, provide first-rate public infrastructure and lighten the regulatory load.” Prevailing wage, a bad policy that was repealed by the Legislature in 2018, was recently reinstated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for some state contracts. Jarrett …

Whitmer Reinstating Prevailing Wage is Unfair and Unnecessary

Put projects and services out for competitive bidding

… were only going to pay union wages, regardless of whether other … why, by reinstating “prevailing wage” for state contractors, … the opposite? This arbitrary wage floor raises prices on taxpayers … repealed the state’s prevailing wage law. The law had mandated union wage scales on public construction …

Whitmer’s Prevailing Wage Move Favors Unions Over Taxpayers

… law and reinstating a prevailing wage mandate for state construction … research on the impacts of prevailing wage and supported its repeal … its anti-competitive prevailing wage law, state construction jobs and wages both increased significantly. Reinstating prevailing wage is a misguided decision …

Repealing Indiana’s Union Wage Mandate Was a Win-Win

The bulk of research support these findings

… state’s Common Construction Wage law — more readily known as a prevailing wage. These laws, which are … key union argument for prevailing wage is that giving more money … that repealed Indiana’s prevailing wage mandate required the state … 2009 and 2014, when the prevailing wage law was in effect. Jobs …

What Do We Know About the Impact of Prevailing Wage Laws?

Scholars should pay close attention to several points when reviewing the impact of these laws

… first state to enact a prevailing wage mandate, which generally … governments to pay a predetermined wage for work it contracts out, … spread and repeal of prevailing wage mandates created ample … of research. But the prevailing wage research literature reports, … published literature on prevailing wages and a somewhat incomplete …

See You In Court: Contractors Sue Township Over Unlawful Union Contracting Privilege

Officials thumb noses at 2015 ban on special treatment for unions in government contracts

… governments imposing prevailing wage mandates on contractors. … Chapter. Critics of prevailing wage requirements argue that … Limitations Act. And in 2018, they prevailed again when legislators approved … by a petition, barring prevailing wage mandates in state contracts. … contractor to “to pay ... a wage or fringe benefit based on …

Bad Information About the Prevailing Wage Abounds

Lawmakers should be skeptical of a recent study

… Michigan’s now-defunct prevailing wage law. The first involved … would reinstate the costly wage mandate on government contracts … repeatedly criticized. Prevailing wage laws artificially inflate … Indiana repealed its prevailing wage law, the average wage … as a rationale for a prevailing wage requirement. In 2018 a …

What Happens to Public Works Employment after a Prevailing Wage Mandate Ends?

Public works construction employment in Indiana grew at a faster rate

… the effect of repealing prevailing wage mandates. The first one … state’s Common Construction Wage Act in 2015. The law imposed a prevailing wage mandate on construction … Institute, repealing the prevailing wage mandate had a disappointing … blamed on the end of the prevailing wage. Like the institute’s …

The Weak Case Against Repealing Prevailing Wage

It's risky to draw conclusions from faulty data

… the effect of repealing prevailing wage mandates. The first one … The effect of repealing prevailing wage mandates, which require … Indiana, which repealed its prevailing wage mandate in 2015. The report says that repealing the prevailing wage mandate “had no impact … Indiana repealed the prevailing wage mandate to the average …

Do Construction Wages Fall after Ending a Prevailing Wage Mandate?

Evidence shows the repeal was a win-win for construction workers

… state’s Common Construction Wage Act. This Great Depression-era … amount, commonly known as a prevailing wage. The law’s repeal raised … It states that construction wages fell by 8.5% from 2014 to 2016 … repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. Sound advice, to … before Indiana ended its prevailing wage law — employment rebounded …

Saginaw County Stops Requiring Union-Scale Wages On Government Projects

After state prevailing wage law was repealed, local versions became hard to administer

… or what is called a “prevailing wage” requirement The change … ABC claimed that imposing wage standards on county projects … not be enforcing the prevailing wage requirements contained … pressuring the county to drop the wage requirement nearly a decade … subsequent elimination of regional wage setting tables by state labor …

Economic Well-Being Tied to Economic Freedom

The best economic development tool is a free market

… including gross receipts and excise taxes; Minimum wage mandates; Government employment as a percentage … should likewise avoid mandating higher minimum wages or reversing the state’s right-to-work law, and … should not re-enact the recently repealed prevailing wage statute. 2. Mitigate state revenue losses …

Michigan Entered 2020 Stronger

… development tool. And the recent repeal of the prevailing wage law should help the state save money on valuable, … instead grow at 2.8%, or 40% faster. Repealing prevailing wage laws means that government-financed construction projects need not pay higher than market wages, which should drive down the cost of building more …

Some Perspective: Michigan is Stronger Today

The state is in a more resilient position to weather an economic storm than at any time before

… development tool. And the recent repeal of its prevailing wage law should help the state save money on valuable, … sharp declines in state growth. Repeal of prevailing wage laws means that government-financed construction projects need not pay higher than market wages, which should drive down the cost of building more …

Disputed Union Wages Could Cost Taxpayers In County Construction Projects

Now Saginaw faces lawsuit over policy board approved by slim margin

… unless the firm pays union wage rates for an extensive range … regional rates for a prevailing wage. And the state of Michigan no longer sets prevailing wage rates, following the Legislature’s … continue enforcement of its prevailing wage requirements, ABC-GMC … nullify the county’s prevailing wage policy — which critics …

Prevailing Wage Repeal Critiques: Cookie Cutter Criticism

New reviews should be treated with caution

… producing papers about prevailing wage in different states, primarily … States that maintain prevailing wage laws should keep them. … Michigan repealed its own prevailing wage law in 2018, the same … mandates to pay union scale wages in publicly funded construction … roads and schools. The “prevailing” wage is typically determined …

US House Would Overturn Michigan's Right-to-Work Law

Michigan voters rejected similar union overreach in 2012

… D-Bay City. Elder also sponsored House Bill 4884, to reimpose the old prevailing wage law (repealed in 2018), which prohibited schools and government agencies … construction contracts to the lowest bidder unless the firm paid union-level wages and benefits.

There is Waste in Michigan’s Budget

Not all of it can be cut immediately, but some can redirected to roads now

A version of this article appeared in the Detroit News.  The prevailing view among many politicians is that the only way to spend more on roads and bridges is through a large tax increase. But that’s not the only way to prioritize road funding. There is plenty of waste in Michigan’s budget that lawmakers …

County Project Imposes Illegal Union Wage Mandate On Bidders

Contractors: ‘See you in court’ - and it could get expensive

… policy of requiring union-level wages on major building projects … state restrictions on prevailing wage requirements. Norm Brady, … They cannot require (prevailing wage) any longer.” Brady said … without removing the prevailing wage provision, ABC said, “will … that unions represent as “prevailing” for various job classifications …

City Spends $300,000 Extra On Construction Projects To Pay Union Wages

Michigan eliminated prevailing wage law but Royal Oak wants to pay more

… repealed its law mandating union wages on public construction projects, … projects be paid at “prevailing wage” (union level) rates. … action, the break from the prevailing wage requirement has not been … or compensate workers at prevailing union rates. According … the repeal of mandated prevailing wages, unions and their allies …

State's Purchasing Manual Includes Unlawful Union Preference

So-called prevailing wage requirement still applies in manual; spokesman says it’s a mistake

… to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law last year, contracts … the payment of union-level wages to construction workers. But … for more information on prevailing wage requirements leads to … page that states the prevailing wage law was repealed in June … will no longer issue prevailing wage rates for use by contractors. …

By the Numbers

… state and local governments 51 percent — Proportion of new legislators serving in Lansing, who may have different ideas about right-to-work and prevailing wage laws than the people they replace

Media Roundup for 2018

… featured in a variety of outlets. Throughout the year, our research on prevailing wage, licensing, wage laws, bail reform and more was mentioned in multiple editorials by The Detroit …

New Policymakers Mean More Scrutiny of Recent Policy Changes

… words, to reinstate the prevailing wage laws. But these are good … don’t want to support. Prevailing wage requirements weight the … employment. Regarding prevailing wages, the public benefits … built, for instance. Prevailing wage policies are like that. They require union-scale wages for individuals who work on …

Conclusion

… 21st Century, legislators cut business taxes and scaled back some corporate welfare. Lansing eliminated project labor agreements and eliminated prevailing wage, both of which decreased the cost of government construction. Lawmakers also shored up public pensions and right-sized other government employee …

The Good News And Bad News For UAW Members

Their money is being mismanaged but you don’t have to contribute

… management is misusing their dues to build a pricey vacation home for the outgoing president. The good news is that they are using nonunion, non-prevailing wage labor to save money. The other good news is that Michigan is a right-to-work state. No worker can be forced to pay union dues and fees in order …

Legislature Says Yes To Subsidies, No To Tax Cuts

October 26 MichiganVotes weekly roll call

… Initiative Petition 2, Repeal prevailing wage law: Passed 23 to 14 in the Senate … 6, 2018 To repeal the state prevailing wage law, which prohibits awarding … lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on union pay scales that local … Initiative Petition 2, Repeal prevailing wage law: Passed 56 to 53 in the  …

More Tax-And-Spend For Michigan Roads? Scholar Says ‘Maybe’

New study assesses the need and has some ideas

… ensuring the state is receiving the proper funds from the federal government, and using savings expected from the recent repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law. He also wants to give a higher priority in the state budget to road repairs. In the new Mackinac Center study, Douglas offers a specific …

How Much Will the Repeal of Prevailing Wage Save Taxpayers in Michigan?

It’s complicated, but a reasonable estimate is in the hundreds of millions

… Michigan has repealed its prevailing wage law, the big question … $250 million. If the prevailing wage added 10 percent to the … is how much mandated union wages have added to the cost of public … example, showed that the prevailing wage law led to 16 percent … affected each year by the prevailing wage law. According to the …

Michigan’s 50-Year Old ‘Prevailing Wage’ Law Repealed

… construction projects. The “prevailing wage” law required union wages on public projects, regardless … set hundreds of thousands of wage classifications every year. … eliminating it will mean lower wages and worse service. That’s a … summer. Eliminating the prevailing wage requirement means more …

How Much Will the Repeal of Prevailing Wage Save Taxpayers in Michigan?

It’s complicated, but a reasonable estimate is in the hundreds of millions

… Michigan has repealed its prevailing wage law, the big question … much these mandated union wages add to the cost of a project. … Peninsula showed that the prevailing wage law led to 16 percent … impacted by the federal prevailing wage law, the Davis-Bacon Act. … issued bonds. Without a prevailing wage law, schools will not …

Lawmakers Looking to Close the Session Strong, Move Major Reforms

… Legislature has passed bills repealing union-mandated wages on government construction jobs and establishing … mandates. Here is a summary of the bills: Prevailing Wage The law mandating union wages on public projects has been around for more than …

Michigan's Labor Revolution

… reform for public school employees. Repealing the state’s archaic prevailing wage law, which mandated union wages for public construction projects. The repeal is projected to save state …

Auto Insurance Reform for Seniors, Repeal Prevailing Wage, Medicaid Work

June 8, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

… Initiative Petition 2, Repeal prevailing wage law: Passed 23 to 14 in … To repeal the state prevailing wage law, which prohibits awarding … unless the contractor pays wages based on union pay scales that … Initiative Petition 2, Repeal prevailing wage law: Passed 56 to 53 in … The House vote on the prevailing wage law repeal described above. …

Lawmakers Repeal Prevailing Wage and Pass Work Requirements for Able-Bodied Medicaid Population

Repeal of union wage mandates and application of Medicaid work requirements will benefit taxpayers and Michigan’s economy

… which eliminate costly “prevailing wage” mandates on public construction … workforce. Michigan's "prevailing wage" law mandated union wage scales on public construction … expensive firms. “Michigan's prevailing wage law was the most stringent … Following the repeal of prevailing wage, the Legislature passed …

Why Michigan Should Repeal Prevailing Wage

Law benefits big companies at the expense of taxpayers

… arbitrary and archaic prevailing wage. Michigan’s prevailing wage law — which mandates a wage for laborers working on certain … for higher bills. The prevailing wage costs taxpayers hundreds … the argument against prevailing wage in an interview on WDET …

Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Needs to Go

… landscapers and many, many more, the wages they might earn are set by … a 1965 law known as “prevailing wage,” where hyper-specific union wages are set for anyone doing public … critique of repealing prevailing wage laws is that it doesn’t … repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law, and the Secretary …

Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Drives Up Costs

Government should do fair bidding for projects

… exactly what Michigan’s prevailing wage law does. The decades-old … these laws mandate specific wages for those working on government … for by taxpayers. The prevailing wage law often benefits larger … glazing contractors see prevailing wage as an essential benefit … any bill that undoes prevailing wage. But there is a solution …

Half a Million Prevailing Wage Rates For 162,000 Construction Workers

Michigan’s prevailing wage law requires contractors who bid on state, school … government construction projects to pay wages based on union pay scales. In practice, … public officials get the required wage rates from complex pay schedules and … identified well over 500,000 different wage classifications in Michigan. Yet, there …

Unions That Say Prevailing Wage Law Protects Retirees Mismanage Worker Pensions

Reports show Michigan construction union pensions in ‘critical’ condition

According to Michigan Prevails, a union-supported advocacy website, … state law called the prevailing wage “strongly supports the … credibility of their claims. Prevailing wage laws like Michigan’s prohibit … the contractor pays union wages and enforces union work rules. … imposed on contractors by prevailing wage laws drive up the cost …

Conclusion

… by an unchecked, wide open tort system. The prevailing logic was to eliminate fault as a consideration … their own insurance company for medical coverage, wage loss and other benefits such as PIP. It was thought … qualifies as a serious enough injury, with the prevailing view giving the exception a much broader interpretation …

Dog-Fight Dogs, Obamacare, Financial Exploitation, Multi-Lingual State Websites

August 18, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

… House Bill 4594: Exempt schools from union "prevailing wage" mandate Introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger … construction or repair projects from the state "prevailing wage" law, which prohibits awarding contracts to … submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on reported union pay scales in a region. …

Unions Try to Kill a Private Trade School

But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success

… competition. Their main policy fight with ABC is over the state’s prevailing wage law, which mandates union wages on construction jobs. But taxpayers should care about the results of programs, …

The Legislative Clock is Ticking

It’s time for free-market reformers to act

… achievements, legislative leaders must take advantage of the opportunities they have. There is no shortage of good ideas. The state could repeal the prevailing wage law, which inflates the cost of public works projects by tens of millions of dollars. We should craft a long-term solution for unfunded liabilities …

The Legislative Clock is Ticking

It's time for free-market reformers to act

… achievements, legislative leaders must take advantage of the opportunities they have. There is no shortage of good ideas. The state could repeal the prevailing wage law, which inflates the cost of public works projects by tens of millions of dollars. We should craft a long-term solution for unfunded liabilities …

House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action

Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change

… welcome good policy ideas coming from the other parts of government. The document isn’t all-encompassing. It’s missing some key issues, like prevailing wage, as well as union release time and recertification (learn about those and other issues here). But overall, it is a solid document with issues …

National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri

Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform

… secret ballot in government unions’ organizing elections. SB 210 is the keystone of a package of reform bills that would also repeal the state’s “prevailing wage” law, which costs taxpayers by inflating the price of state construction contracts. Another bill in the package would also prohibit the withholding …

Recently Introduced Bills of Interest

January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

… city’s income tax. Senate Bill 3: Repeal prevailing wage law Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R), to repeal the state “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government … submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays wages based on pay scales that local union officials …

Mackinac Center Experts Available for Commentary on 2017 State of the State Address

Policy analysts watching a wide range of topics

… Income tax changes State revenue sharing with local governments School rankings and accountability Educational choice Higher education funding Prevailing wage repeal Infrastructure spending Auto insurance changes Economic development and corporate welfare State energy policy Environmental regulation …

Where Michigan’s Public Sector Union Laws Rank

Recent reforms earn a 'B' on national report card

… bargaining. They can force employers to negotiate over wages, fringe benefits, hours and more, but the law also … pre-emption of local ordinances or rules that impose wage, benefit, or leave time mandates that exceed state … several efforts have fallen short to repeal a prevailing wage law that prohibits awarding government contracts …