Meekhof testifies before Indiana state Senate committee

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today testified before an Indiana state senate committee in support of Indiana’s House Bill 1019 to repeal prevailing wage.

House Bill 1019 passed the Indiana House of Representatives on February 23, 2015 by a vote of 55-41.  The legislation then made its way to the Indiana Senate where it was referred to the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.

Meekhof traveled to Indiana in support of the legislation to emphasize the importance of taking similar action in Michigan.  In January, Meekhof sponsored Senate Bill 1 to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law.  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.

“Legislation to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law was introduced at the start of the new session, but has seen little action,” said Meekhof.  “I want to clarify that while there are first priorities there are also top priorities and Senate Bill 1 is still very much a top priority for me.”

“I hope my testimony was helpful to my Indiana Senate colleagues and I look forward to seeing the Indiana General Assembly send their bill to the governor.  Just as I look forward to bringing Senate Bill 1 up for a vote in the Michigan Senate,” said Meekhof.

“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 introduced in the Michigan Senate 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.

“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.