Employment
9:50 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Governor doesn't want to change prevailing wage

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says he's not interested in an effort to repeal a state law that sets better wages for construction workers on state projects. 

The prevailing wage law requires non-union contractors bidding for public works projects to pay union-scale wages and benefits.

The Republican governor told reporters Wednesday that trying to repeal prevailing wages is a "very divisive" issue. He says he's instead focusing on getting support for his new state budget and ensuring changes affecting the state's largest health insurer get to his desk.

House Republicans say state agencies, universities and school districts could save money if they didn't have to pay prevailing wages.

Snyder said a right-to-work law wasn't on his agenda because it was too divisive. But he ultimately got behind it in December.