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Can We Build It? Not With Michigan’s Prevailing-Wage Mandate

July 22, 2022

Gov. Whitmer defies the law to reimpose a rule favoring unions in big state construction projects.

The builders I work with are used to Michigan putting the thumb on the scale for labor unions. But we never expected Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to go so far as to disregard the law. She has unilaterally imposed a prevailing-wage mandate on the biggest state construction projects, even though the state Legislature officially ended this policy in 2018. The nonunion construction companies I represent are no longer able to compete for these contracts fairly and openly. And we aren’t the only losers. Ms. Whitmer is lawlessly sticking it to taxpayers, too.

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