By Brandon Hall
(Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com
Gov. Rick Snyder has no plans of signing a prevailing wage repeal, but that did not stop Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof from holding committee hearings and a full Senate vote on the issue this week.
The repeal passed the Senate 22-15 and now awaits possible action in the House. Where it goes once it reaches Snyder is anyone's guess...
The debate has been fierce, with legislators, lobbyists, and union activists turning up the dial on rhetoric big on bluster but short on facts.
MIRS quote of the day Thursday was from repeal foe State Sen. Bert Johnson. Johnson is ashamed of being pictured with Virgil Smith yet has no problem with hardcore derping.
"This just lets us know not only that we can't be trusted, but we're yellow-bellied, we're jelly-spined, we're lily-livered, we're weaknoodled, and we've got a limp-wristed handshake to go along with it," Johnson said.
Herpalerpderp derp derp derp derp derp. Y'all may be those things (Senate rule change preventing public and media access to information, new Senate building) but not because of prevailing wage!
WOOD TV 8 said Meekhof was playing a "twisted board game" with the issue, and maybe they are right. He may be using this as a tool for leverage on who knows what other issue...
Regardless, one should always give credit when it's due, and Meekhof gets it right here: prevailing wage should be repealed. It hurts Michigan families by forcing them to spend millions more of their hard earned tax dollars on state construction projects, money that could go to schools or roads.
What will Speaker Cotter and Gov. Snyder do? Meekhof has put the ball in your court-now it's time to act.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
>>>Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com
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