Meekhof makes repeal of prevailing wage a priority

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Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today announced legislation to repeal Michigan’s outdated prevailing wage law and save schools and communities money.

Meekhof will sponsor Senate Bill 1 to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Senate Bill 1 will be introduced at the next senate session on Tuesday, January 20th. Current law requires all construction firms deployed to a government worksite to pay employees union scale wages costing taxpayers, schools and local communities more money.

“Since my days as a township official, I have viewed prevailing wages laws as an unnecessary burden on our schools and local communities,” said Meekhof. “It does not make sense that our taxpayers should have to pay more for improvements to our school and municipal buildings. The extra cost of prevailing wage laws siphons money away from other community priorities.”

Legislation to repeal the prevailing wage law consists of Senate Bills 1, 2 and 3. Senators Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, and Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, sponsored the other bills in the package to complete the repeal of prevailing wage laws.

“Michigan was a very different state when prevailing wage laws took effect fifty years ago,” said MacGregor, sponsor of Senate Bill 2. “As we work to foster a modern, 21st Century economy that will help drive Michigan forward, we must repeal these outdated, burdensome, costly and unnecessary laws.”

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to come up with an agreeable solution and save taxpayer dollars,” said Robertson.

The House of Representatives also announced legislation today to repeal the current prevailing wage statute in Michigan.

“The senate has made commonsense legislation a priority. It simply does not make sense that state government requires taxpayer-funded building projects cost more than other construction. Repealing the prevailing wage law eliminates a burdensome requirement that has no place in a growing and competitive economy,” said Meekhof.