Michigan high court halts OK of wage bill to consider appeal
May. 15, 2018
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is halting the certification of a ballot initiative that would repeal the state's prevailing wage law while the justices consider whether to hear an appeal.
The court issued a stay Tuesday. That means the state Court of Appeals' order that the elections board certify the initiated legislation is on hold.
The board canceled a Tuesday afternoon meeting at which it was going to consider certifying the measure. It previously deadlocked 2-2 after Democrats agreed with unions' concerns about paid circulators who gathered signatures.
The law requires that higher "prevailing" union-scale wages are paid workers on state-financed construction projects such as schools.
If the initiative is certified, the Republican-led Legislature will have 40 days to enact it or lawmakers could let it proceed to the November ballot.