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    Tag: Prevailing Wage

    An Eye For An Eye, A Tooth For A Tooth

    By TiredIronTim, Section News
    Posted on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 03:43:48 PM EST
    Tags: Medicaid expansion, GOP, Snyder, prevailing wage, Liberty Amendments, term limits (all tags)

    It's time to score some points of our own

    (837 words in story) Full Story

    Lyons: Families Deserve Better Than $1.2 Billion Sales Tax Hike

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 09:21:18 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Roads, Prevailing Wage, Rick Snyder, Tax Hiker, State Senate (all tags)

    Representative Pledges to Lead Charge in House to Ensure Tax Hike Scheme is Dead on Arrival

    LANSING--State Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto issued the following statement today in response to reports that legislative leaders are considering a proposal to take repealing Michigan's prevailing wage law off the table for consideration as well as to raise the state's sales tax to fund road repairs:

    "Our roads and infrastructure are in bad need of repair, but simply raising taxes on hardworking families while preventing policies that make Michigan competitive and create jobs is not the answer.

    "Michigan's hardworking taxpayers deserve better. Our road funding problem is an opportunity to look at comprehensive tax restructuring, not just taking the status quo and asking for more.

    "I am asking the Governor and legislative quadrant to take a different approach to this issue. I am willing to seek solutions, but this proposal misses the mark, and I will lead the charge to ensure it does not get the 2/3 votes in the House to put it on the ballot."


    Media outlets across the state today reported that some lawmakers had begun discussions on a plan that would halt talks of repealing the state's prevailing wage law and increase road funding by over a billion dollars by asking voters in 2014 to raise the state's sales tax to 7%.  The plan would require approval by two-thirds of lawmakers in both the state House and Senate before it could be foisted on taxpayers.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Why Bother Sometimes?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 05:51:57 PM EST
    Tags: Davis-Bacon, Prevailing Wage, Michigan, Fred Upton, Missed Opportunities (all tags)

    A chance to end the federal "prevailing wage" rule for federal contractors gone.

    Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement blasting 36 House Republicans for defeating an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have repealed the 82-year old Davis-Bacon prevailing wages mandate for federal contractors:

    "Prevailing wages demand that the U.S. Department of Labor set the cost for labor for federal government construction contractors rather than having the taxpayers get the benefit of competitive labor cost bidding. The impact of Davis-Bacon on increasing the cost of government has been so extreme that the 2012 Republican National Committee's official platform called for its repeal.

    "Yet when given the opportunity, 36 House Republicans broke their own party's promise to do away with these requirements that unnecessarily cost billions of additional tax dollars every year. Apparently, the platform is not worth the paper it's printed on."

    As long as the RINO infestation continues.

    The list of 36 House Republicans who voted no below the fold.

    (1 comment, 262 words in story) Full Story

    Quote Of The Day

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:05:10 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Higher Taxes, Jase Bolger, Randy Richardville, Roads, Prevailing Wage, Reaching Out, Bloody Stumps, Progressive Beast (all tags)

    Or at least from Saturday.

    Jase Bolger attempting to keep ALL the options on the table for the road funding component of Michigan's budget speaks of reaching out across the aisle. From SFGATE on Saturday:

    "They're saying, 'We want everything we want and then we'll give you no assurance that we'll help you with solving the road problems,'" said House Speaker Jase Bolger. "We're saying, 'Please, give us a list of what you want but participate in providing the solution at the same time.' ... We've continued to reach our hand out and that hand has not been returned."
    How bad do you want those hands Mr. Bolger?

    Stop feeding the beast that would bite them off.  If they refuse to deal with such common sense solutions as removing the prevailing wage provisions (saving hundreds of millions annually) then they offer no value to the conversation.

    Moving forward, ignore the buffoon in the other chamber:

    "Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, a Monroe Republican, said the prevailing wage legislation won't go anywhere "unless I were to die."  "
    Which reminds us that elections have consequences.

    Just fix the roads.. Right?  But do it on labor's dime, NOT the taxpayers'.

    (4 comments) Comments >>

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