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Tax Increases Harmful to Michigan’s Health

… self-defense, legislators are now talking about unspecified “reforms.” If policymakers are serious, they should begin by repealing the state’s prevailing wage law, which benefits a small segment of mostly well-paid workers on state government construction contracts while adding $250 million annually …

Governor and Legislature Appear Unable To Judge Priorities

… continue to tolerate a state prevailing wage policy that mandates that contractors pay union wages — typically 40 percent to 60 percent above market wages, according to a recent study … that the higher construction wages don’t improve construction … Legislature have retained the prevailing wage, rejected numerous proposed …

Sweet Home Alabama

… of Michigan’s strict prevailing wage law, which requires the payment of union wages on state-financed construction, … also be helpful. The prevailing wage adds 10 percent to the … the cost of government. Prevailing wage also costs jobs; Alabama, … not have a restrictive prevailing wage law, added 5,000 construction …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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’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 …

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 …