Prevailing Wage Law fight heats up

(WLNS) – It is a law that has been around for 50 years and the fight to change it is picking up steam.

Opponents have raised $1 million to their petition drive; the Prevailing Wage Law.

Currently the law reads state funded construction projects must pay workers wage scales that are similar to local union groups. Opponents argue it costs state and local governments hundreds of millions of dollars each year. If repealed it will give tax payers back their money.

On the other hand, supporters of the current law including Governor Rick Snyder say the law secures workers fair pay and provides quality construction.

A petition to change the law needs just over a quarter of a million signatures to go to a vote from lawmakers.

Governor Snyder has gone against his own party by saying he is in favor of the existing law. If state lawmakers sign off on the petition, the governor would not be able to veto it.

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