Posts Tagged ‘prevailing wage’

Aug
2015
24

MI Legislature Adjourns Without Road Funding Deal; GOP House Holding Construction Wages Hostage

  The Michigan legislature has adjourned through Labor Day without reaching consensus on how to fund a road reconstruction deal. A day of closed-door talks last week did not solve the problem.  While both the House and Senate have passed separate funding plans, they have yet to hammer out their differences.  The Senate’s $1.5 billion...
Aug
2015
19

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers
  A corporate front group called Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is collecting signatures for a petition that will put a referendum on the 2016 ballot calling for a repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law.  If they are successful, the legislature will be allowed to vote on the matter without interference from Governor Rick Snyder, who...
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Aug
2015
12

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts

Op-Ed Slams MI Rep. Glenn, Associated Builders & Contractors for Prevailing Wage Repeal Efforts
  In an op-ed for The Daily News, Midland resident Eric Anders uses the childhood nursery rhyme “The House That Jack Built” to describe the impact prevailing wage repeal would have on the state of Michigan.  His insightful piece targets State Rep. Gary Glenn, who recently pledged to fight the prevailing wage at an Associated [&hellip...
Jul
2015
30

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:
  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are taking their message to the masses in hopes of keeping the law on the books.  Since taking control of the Senate, Republicans have made prevailing wage repeal a top priority, spearheaded by Arlan Meekhof and against GOP governor Rick Snyder’s...
Jul
2015
20

Developers, Lobbyists Linked to de Blasio’s Anti-Prevailing Wage Efforts Have Scandalous History

Developers, Lobbyists Linked to de Blasio's Anti-Prevailing Wage Efforts Have Scandalous History
  The latest lobbying disclosure from the group Putting New Yorkers to Work shows that part of the $1.9 million used in their campaign to push for an extension of the 421-a tax abatement program came from developers who were involved in the federal corruption charges surrounding former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate...
Jul
2015
10

Imposing Partial Law: WI GOP Finally Settles on Severity of Prevailing Wage Cuts in New Budget

Imposing Partial Law: WI GOP Finally Settles on Severity of Prevailing Wage Cuts in New Budget
  In a late-night vote this week, the Wisconsin state assembly sent a two-year, $72.7 billion budget to Gov. Scott Walker which partially repeals the prevailing wage but fails to fully repeal it as hardline conservatives desired.  Walker is expected to sign it swiftly so that he can announce his presidential candidacy on Monday with [&hellip...
Jul
2015
6

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address
  Wisconsin Republicans have reached an agreement which will allow them to pass a budget for 2015-2017 after a week of contentious infighting over prevailing wage reforms and funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.   As part of the deal, Republicans agreed to eliminate these issues from the budget itself and instead take up [&hellip...
Jul
2015
1

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments
  A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new data about the law’s true impact on total construction costs and economic activity.  As we wrote earlier this month, despite the incredibly strong voter support for the current prevailing wage law, the state GOP is pushing a repeal agenda.  The...
Jun
2015
17

NM Court Sides with Building Trades, Says Martinez Admin Has Been Illegally Setting Wage Rates

NM Court Sides with Building Trades, Says Martinez Admin Has Been Illegally Setting Wage Rates
  On Monday, the New Mexico Supreme Court sided with a group of unions ruling that state labor officials must change the way they set the prevailing wage and fringe benefits for publicly funded projects.  In her 15-page opinion, Justice Petra Jimenez Maes argued that the Martinez administration has a duty to set rates based [&hellip...
Jun
2015
17

POLL: Likely Michigan Voters Support the Prevailing Wage by More Than 2-to-1

POLL: Likely Michigan Voters Support the Prevailing Wage by More Than 2-to-1
  The results of a new Michigan poll support labor movement claims that the prevailing wage is vital to a strong workforce and quality of life. It is bad news for extremists in the legislature who wish to move forward with repeal of the age-old law despite Republican governor Rick Snyder’s support of skilled tradespeople.  [&hellip...
Jun
2015
11

New WV Prevailing Wage Law Basically Coming Apart at the Seams

New WV Prevailing Wage Law Basically Coming Apart at the Seams
  Prevailing wage laws are once again a hot topic in West Virginia as the state’s Republicans are unhappy with the proposed calculation of the wage mandated by the law they put in place, SB 361. The law could now be in limbo for months.  On Monday, members of the Joint Committee on Government and [&hellip...
Jun
2015
5

NV Republicans Reinstate School Construction Prevailing Wages In Last-Second Legislative Reversal

  On the last day of this legislative session, Republicans in Nevada made a major concession (read: did the right thing) by amending AB 172 to reinstate prevailing wage requirements on school construction projects.  The move passed both the Senate and the House en route to the Governor’s desk.  The compromise was made during an [&hellip...