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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 …

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… Michigan has repealed its prevailing wage law, the big question … $250 million.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 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 …

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 …

Stretch Taxpayer Dollars and Promote Equality in Government: Repeal the Prevailing Wage

… to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law submitted almost 400,000 … schools to pay union-scale wages. It also requires these companies … classifications and reporting. Prevailing wage artificially increases … estimates that “Michigan’s prevailing wage law has increased the … billion lower without prevailing wage, according the to report. …

Five Road Funding Principles

… infrastructure. A second principle is that reforming inefficient road building practices must be part of any road funding deal. Repealing the prevailing wage law is a modest start. Raising the standard of quality for publicly funded road construction is also crucial. Policymakers should also retain, …

What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not

… unfunded liabilities to future taxpayers. Make good on the previously violated promise for income tax relief. Save money by eliminating arbitrary prevailing wage laws. Stop the failed corporate welfare machine. Eliminate licensing and regulatory barriers that impede entrepreneurs. Enforce the right-to-work …

The 12 Fiscal Policy Days of Christmas

… $5.8 billion per year. Repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage statute. Prevailing wage statutes mandate higher than market wages on government-funded projects such as roads and …

Budget Reform Ideas for 2015 and Beyond

… budget by a whopping $500 million. Repeal prevailing wage. Savings: $250 million. Prevailing wage mandates higher than market wages be paid on all projects funded by the government …

Balance Increased Road Spending with Cuts

… following five suggestions are means to fill this gap: Repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law: estimated savings, $107 million. This state law punishes taxpayers … government construction projects pay an artificially high, union-related “prevailing wage.” The dollar estimate provided here comes from a 2007 Mackinac Center …

Gas Tax and Fee Discussion Worth Having

… listed in our 2007 transportation study include repealing the state prevailing wage law and competitive contracting for road maintenance. Prevailing wage laws artificially raise the cost of government construction projects. …

Shouldn’t Enhancing Your Neighborhood Be Up to You?

… argument for leaving it to the private sector. In units with local prevailing wage laws, money may be wasted simply by paying union scale wages for the construction projects or by government escaping its proper limits.  …

Nation’s Highest Gas Tax Coming to Michigan?

… diverted to subsidize city buses, and some is wasted by mandating above-market wages on road projects through the state’s “prevailing wage” law. Another seven-eighths-of-a-cent-per-gallon tax originally intended …

How to Find and Eliminate Wasted State Money

… with county sheriffs' deputies who have lower wages and benefits. For private contracting to produce … This can occur through legal mechanisms like prevailing wage laws, or as a result of collective bargaining negotiations establishing higher wages and benefits. If Michigan public-sector benefits …

A Christmas Wish List for Michigan Policymakers

… would put public school teachers and state employees on the same plan. This could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law. This insidious requirement increases the cost of everything the government builds, from bridges to schools, by hundreds of millions of dollars …

How to Save $2.2 Billion

… services, car-sharing and more. Savings: $112 million. Repeal the "prevailing wage" law that requires above-market rate wages be paid on school construction projects. Savings: $150 million. The Mackinac …

Tax Day Highlights Burden of State Government

… reforms and spending cuts. Yet adopting cost-saving reforms — from ending ineffective economic development programs to repealing the state's prevailing wage law — would be an economically healthier solution. Encouraging high-earners to flee the state and inviting the revenue yo-yo effect that's a characteristic …

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 …

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 …

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 …