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. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) issued the following statement:

“The biggest fallacy I hear in Lansing from those who want to repeal prevailing wage is that paying people fair wages hampers economic growth. I wholeheartedly reject that and the data backs me up. Just take a look at my district. In my hometown of Southfield, we have in place a number of local laws, like the living wage ordinance and the work stoppage ordinance, that protect the Southfield worker. With these laws in place, Southfield has become a large and significant contributor to the state’s economy — home to more than 10,000 businesses and more than 100 ‘Fortune 500’ companies. As my hometown proves, wage protection and economic growth are not competing values. I will never undercut Michigan’s working families, and that is why I voted no on repealing the prevailing wage law.”