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Michigan's Prevailing Wage Repeal To Move Forward

Steven DePolo

The state Legislature could vote to repeal the prevailing wage law as early as next week.  The Michigan Supreme Court yesterday ordered the ballot measure to move forward.  Prevailing wage requires public construction contracts pay union-level wages.

The Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on whether to approve the petition.  After some court battles, the Michigan Supreme Court says it’s time to move the initiative forward.  The Board plans to take up the measure – and possibly certify it – Friday. 

Once it’s certified, the Legislature could approve it.  If it doesn’t, the measure goes to the voters. 

Tom Leonard is the Speaker of the House.  He says if enough members are on board, he’s ready to vote on it.

“I’m glad to see that they’re finally gonna get it to us, so we can get this done and save taxpayers some money.”

The Senate would also have to pass it for the measure to become law.  The Senate Majority Leader says he’s ready to put it up for a vote as well.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

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