Michigan Cities, Villages OK’d to Influence Wages on Public Projects

The Michigan Supreme Court says cities and villages can determine wages on public construction projects.

Tuesday, the court weighed in on a decision from 1923, stating it was trumped 40 years later by powers given to local governments in the Michigan constitution.

It stems from a case involving Lansing and a construction trade group.

The group sued the city after it approved an ordinance that tied wages on public projects to prevailing pay and benefits in the Lansing area.