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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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …