Snyder not interested in repealing prevailing wage

Gov. Rick Snyder said he's not interested in an effort to repeal a state law that sets better wages for construction workers on state projects.
AP Wire
Feb 10, 2013


The prevailing wage law requires non-union contractors bidding for public works projects to pay union-scale wages and benefits.

The Republican governor told reporters that trying to repeal prevailing wages is a "very divisive" issue. Snyder said he's instead focusing on getting support for his new state budget and ensuring changes affecting the state's largest health insurer get to his desk.

House Republicans say state agencies, universities and school districts could save money if they didn't have to pay prevailing wages.

Snyder said a right-to-work law wasn't on his agenda because it is too divisive. But he ultimately got behind it in December 2012.



i do const work and i feel that the prevailing wage is redicioulis. the state can save so much money if they did not do it. Why do they do it is what i wanna know. The state has no money so get rid of prevailing wage. The contractors wont not bid on the job if its not prevailing wage they still will, its work. You tell me its worth $20+ hr to hold a stop sign, $45 hr to run dozer. It is crazy.


How can Snyder, on the one hand, ask us to pay higher gas taxes when they are already near the highest in the mid west, and on the other hand refuse to eliminate the PREVAILING WAGE! Isn't this just the sort of irresponsible use of tax payer dollars that has been going on all along. GOVERNOR, NOT
ONE DIME, NOT ONE THIN DIME MORE. If you think your going to raise our taxes without first INSISTING on reducing road construction costs, you SIR have another think coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of all the Unmitigated Gall.


Well said, msi84.


I agree also very well said msi84


I've been on jobs with prevailing wage... and while I was grateful I still saw it as a giant waste... not only was everyone on the job getting paid way more than they normally would... more times than not the workers would drag their feet and stretch out the length of the job as long as they possibly could


not to mention most of the workers were from out of state anyway


Construction workers > Teachers


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