LANSING — State Rep. John Cherry (D-Flint) introduced an amendment to the 2019-20 fiscal year budget to restore Michigan’s prevailing wage . Though the amendment would once again ensure that workers on state projects are paid a fair wage after the long-standing prevailing wage law was repealed last year, House Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee uniformly rejected the measure. In response, Rep. Cherry issued the following statement:


“It is our responsibility as elected officials to protect the interests of taxpayers and ensure hardworking Michiganders have the freedom to build a secure future for their families. Prevailing wage does just that — ensures construction workers earn a fair wage, attracts young people to skilled trade professions, promotes the use of Michigan workers on construction projects, and provides cost savings for taxpayers. I am disappointed to see the appropriations committee waste an opportunity to provide our communities with better roads and better jobs.”