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Michigan Prevailing Wage Repeal Enters Round Two

May 18, 2017, 5:22 PM

The push to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law is now 252,000 signatures—and possibly an up-or-down legislative vote—away from success.

Free-market advocates May 18 passed the first hurdle in their efforts to repeal the decades-old labor law as the Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted to approve a repeal petition. The petition was advanced by Protecting Michigan Taxpayers, a nonprofit funded by state and national business interests. Proponents have to collect more than 252,000 signatures within a state-mandated 180-day period.

If they’re successful, the Republican-controlled legislature may choose to give the petition an up-or-down vote. The head of both chambers...

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