Michigan Republicans making new push for prevailing wage repeal in state Legislature(MLive File Photo | Tanya Moutzalias ) By
on January 15, 2015 at 11:01 AM, updated January 15, 2015 at 12:35 PMLANSING, MI — Michigan Republicans are introducing and prioritizing legislation to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, an effort that could prove divisive as the new Legislature begins the 2015-16 session.
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof on Thursday announced plans to sponsor Senate Bill 1, which will seek repeal the 50-year old law that requires union wages and benefits for workers on government-funded construction projects.
“It’s about a savings for taxpayers,” Meekhof, R-West Olive, told MLive on Thursday, confirming that the Senate intends to have a prevailing wage legislation early in the session.
“You’re talking about local governments and school systems that build buildings, and by using prevailing wage, it generally costs them 10 percent more. They could have contracted for the same constructed building, with the same safety and worthiness and all of that, and the taxpayers will pay less for it.”