Michigan High Court Moves to Review Prevailing Wage Repeal

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By Alex Ebert

The Michigan Supreme Court agreed May 15 to review a challenge to a voter petition that would repeal the state’s prevailing wage law.

Protect Michigan Jobs, a union-backed group, claims thousands of signatures collected by the repeal effort were invalid because the petition circulators didn’t put their own addresses on the forms. But contractor-backed Protecting Michigan Taxpayers says that is no reason to toss out the valid signatures of actual Michigan taxpayers who did provide their addresses.

A three-judge Michigan Court of Appeals panel unanimously ruled for the contractors May 8. The panel held that ignoring the signatures is not a valid punishment for circulators under the law. The Michigan attorney general also agreed the signatures should count.

If the signatures pass court scrutiny, the Republican-controlled legislature will have a short window in which to pass the repeal measure on an up-or-down vote, which can’t be overridden by Gov. Rick Snyder (R). If the legislature doesn’t take up the vote, the issue will go on the November ballot for voters to decide.

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