Michigan Legislature Repeals Prevailing Wage Law

Michigan’s Legislature has repealed a 53-year-old law that guarantees higher “prevailing” wages for construction workers on state-financed projects.

The repeal measure was first approved Wednesday in the Senate in a vote of 23 to 14.

It then moved to the House, where it was narrowly approved 56 to 53.

The decision makes Michigan the fifth state since 2015 to get rid of its prevailing wage law.

Conservatives have argued getting rid of it will save taxpayers money.

But Democrats say repealing the law is an attack on workers, as the measure ensures workers are paid fairly, and that quality work is done on schools, fire stations and other public works projects.