Meekhof joins with colleagues to repeal prevailing wage

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today announced the introduction of legislation to help save schools and communities money.

Meekhof joins Senator Pete MacGregor, R-Rockford, and Senator Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, as sponsors of Senate Bills 1, 2, and 3 to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law.

“Since my days as a township official, I have viewed prevailing wages laws as an unnecessary burden on our schools and local communities.  It does not make sense that our taxpayers should have to pay more for improvements to our school and municipal buildings,” said Meekhof.

Current state law requires all construction firms deployed to a government worksite to pay employees union scale wages, costing taxpayers, schools and local communities millions of additional dollars each year.

“I remain committed to repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage laws,” said Sen. Pete MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Our state has experienced remarkable economic growth in recent years, and we have worked hard to enact reforms that will continue moving Michigan forward. Getting rid of burdensome, outdated prevailing wage laws will help those efforts to make our state the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”

If passed, Michigan would join 20 other states that do not have a prevailing wage law.

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

“At one time, this law was meant to ensure fair and equitable wages, but it has long since morphed into an obligation that only costs taxpayers more money,” said Meekhof.

The bills were referred to the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee upon introduction.  The bills may be viewed online via www.legislature.mi.gov.