Senate panel moves to repeal MI’s prevailing wage

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Republican legislation to repeal Michigan’s outdated prevailing wage law and help schools and communities save money was approved by the Michigan Competitiveness Committee on Wednesday.

Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, sponsored one of the bills in the three-bill package.

“Repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law is good for the economy, encourages competition and job creation, and, importantly, will help keep more tax dollars in the classroom,” said MacGregor. “This is yet another smart reform that will help foster a modern, 21st century economy and continue Michigan’s comeback.”

The existing prevailing wage law requires all construction firms at state-funded worksites to pay employees union scale wages, which costs taxpayers, schools and local communities more money than would allowing the construction market as a whole to determine wages.

Senate Bills 1-3 repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, remove the law from the list of applicable laws that public schools must follow, and remove the requirement that public economic development corporations adhere to the prevailing wage law when determining project wages and benefits.

“It simply does not make sense for taxpayer-funded construction projects to cost more than others for no other reason than the government says so,” MacGregor said.

SBs 1-3 now advance to the full Senate for consideration.


Sen. MacGregor committed to finding long-term solution to fixing Michigan roads, bridges

LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued the following statement on Wednesday in response to Proposal 1 not being passed:

“Michigan voters decided not to approve Proposal 1. While voters ultimately did not agree that this was a good way to fix our state’s roads and bridges, everyone can agree that our roads and bridges are bad and getting worse.

“Despite Proposal 1’s failure, the problem remains and something must be done. Now, lawmakers will go back to the drawing board, and I am eager to work with my colleagues to come up with an agreeable, long-lasting solution to this very real problem.”