Michigan’s prevailing-wage battle could hurt jobs initiatives

Early this year, state Sen. Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, a Republican from the Holland area, announced plans to repeal the state’s “prevailing-wage law.”

Timing is everything. And this assault on wages paid to construction workers at job sites financed by the state may seem poorly timed. At least to Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Snyder administration has been working with skilled-trade unions on a couple of initiatives. First up: finding more jobs in construction for Detroiters — i.e., African-Americans. A new international bridge and the massive redevelopment around a new hockey arena on the edge of downtown — both are opportunities to lift some Detroiters out of poverty.  Read More