Protecting Michigan Taxpayers, a group seeking a voter-initiated act to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law, announced that it has submitted over 380,000 signatures of registered voters to put its proposal before the Legislature.
Michigan’s current prevailing wage law requires the payment of union-scale wages on public construction projects.
The Department of State’s Bureau of Elections will take 60 days to review a sample of signatures to determine whether the group gathered at least the necessary 252,523 valid signatures from registered voters.
If it succeeded, the initiative will go to the Legislature, which will have 40 days to pass it. While Gov. Rick Snyder indicated his support for the prevailing wage and said he would veto a bill repealing it, he cannot stop a voter-initiated act passed by the Legislature under Michigan’s Constitution.