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Death of a Salesman: MI Prevailing Wage Repeal Kaput After Fake, Duplicate Signatures Confirmed

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Protect Michigan Taxpayers, the dark money group led by the Associated Builders and Contractors and the DeVos Family, has pulled their petition to have a prevailing wage repeal initiative appear on the 2016 ballot after their own analysis showed that many of the signatures they gathered were duplicates.  The likelihood of illegal signatures was highlighted multiple times by Protect Michigan Jobs, which called for the state to pull the plug on the initiative after their analysis showed that as many as 100,000 of the signatures were invalid.  

A meeting had been scheduled for November 5th to decide the fate of the ballot initiative, but the anti-worker Protect Michigan Taxpapers aborted early.  They will now start from scratch according to this morning’s reports.

Chris Fisher, Vice President of Protect Michigan Taxpayers and president of the state’s chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, insisted on pursuing the wage-depressing measure:

“Hundreds of thousands of Michigan voters demanded that Lansing spend their tax dollars more wisely, and that work isn’t finished. … Repealing this costly and wasteful government regulation is too important not to finish the fight.

Protect Michigan Jobs spokesperson David Waymire blasted Protect Michigan Taxpayers and its donors’ agenda, saying:

“This small, exclusive cabal wants to use its deep pockets to buy public policy that benefits them and their heirs at the expense of middle-class families and their children.”

Step one for Protect Michigan Taxpayers? Parting ways with Silver Bullet LLC, the Las Vegas firm which handled the signature gathering. The group came under fire for their signature-gathering methods, with witnesses claiming they openly lied about what the petition was for.  Video surfaced of one petitioner claiming the prevailing wage repeal petition was an “attempt to increase Michigan’s labor force.” The signature gatherers were paid $2 per signature.

Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of State, said that Protect Michigan Taxpayers will not have to file a new petition. They will only be required to restart their signature gathering campaign.  

Protect Michigan Jobs’ Waymire told argues that it will be harder this time around since the general public is more familiar with the realities of the situation:

“The billionaire’s campaign tricked thousands of people into signing petitions, by claiming the petitions were about fixing the roads, or funding schools, or reforming the Legislature.  Now they say they’re going to start over – but a lot of people are onto them.”

He insisted that his group would maintain its efforts in kind:

“We believe in the integrity of the Michigan Legislature and the people of Michigan, and align ourselves with the majority of Michigan voters and Gov. (Rick) Snyder in supporting fair pay for quality construction by skilled Michigan workers”

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