LANSING — Today, the House of Representatives voted on a proposal to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, which ensured that workers on state projects were paid a fair wage. The proposal passed by a vote of 56-53. In response, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) issued the following statement:

“A vote to repeal our prevailing wage law accomplishes only one goal: to slash the paychecks of hardworking families — like those in the Downriver community — in order to pad the pocketbooks of wealthy corporations. Michigan is already facing an infrastructure crisis – our roads and bridges are crumbling, and construction projects to fix our train crossings are long overdue. Forcing our skilled workers to move out of state to find better jobs will only worsen that crisis. This proposal is the opposite of what our constituents sent us here to do. They want us to fix problems and build economic opportunity for all — yet repealing prevailing wage will only make things worse. That isn’t the kind of policy I can support. I will continue to do everything I can to protect working people and fight for strong wages and a fair economy for the sake of our state and our future.”