Jeff Wiggins, Director of Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan.

A repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law will eliminate unnecessary costs to taxpayers who pay the bill for public construction projects, potentially saving $250 million or more a year. They wanted the state to certify its petitions without pulling a larger sample to review but the Board of Canvassers but lost the request so they must submit a larger sample. Michigan’s prevailing wage law requires contractors to pay their workers union-rate wages and benefits on state-financed or -sponsored construction projects, including school and government buildings.
Repeal advocates say it inflates the cost of taxpayer-funded construction projects, but supports say it protects wages and helps fund skilled trade apprenticeship programs.