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Progress for Workers and Taxpayers: Expanding Freedom in 2016

 2016 brings new opportunities to expand freedom for workers, families and taxpayers across Michigan. The Michigan Freedom Fund encourages Lansing to pursue a Freedom Agenda 


Repeal “Prevailing Wage”

Michigan’s antiquated prevailing wage law costs Michigan schools and local governments hundreds of millions of dollars every year in artificially inflated construction costs. It’s time to repeal prevailing wage to respect taxpayers and equip our schools and municipalities to reinvest those dollars where they’re needed most.

 

Expand Electric Choice

Michigan’s monopoly electric system has forced job providers, public school districts, and families to pay over $10.5 billion in above-market rates to the state’s Big Utilities, since 2008. Lansing must put rate-payers first, eliminate the 10% cap on electric competition, and save Michigan billions!

 

Union Recertification

Regular elections keep elected officials accountable to those they represent. Unions in Michigan workplaces should face the same electoral accountability standards as politicians, when seeking to represent workers, and should be required to win recertification votes every two years.

 

No Tax Dollars for Union Business

Whether it’s the use of taxpayer resources like computers and email or union stewards in our public schools being provided paid class time for union business, tax dollars should not fund union business.

 

Bring Real World Experience into Michigan Classrooms

Michigan has incredible professionals with decades of experience who would be assets in the classroom, but they are barred from teaching by the current state certification system. It’s time to reform the system to encourage these men and women to share their talents in our schools.

 

Protect Teachers

Lansing should follow the lead of neighboring states and protect teachers by requiring the state Attorney General’s office to defend teachers who face lawsuits because of actions they perform in good faith.

 

No Tax Dollars Spent Lobbying State Government

Michigan spends hundreds of thousands of dollars annually lobbying itself.  When including quasi-governmental organizations like the state’s major utilities, that number skyrockets. It shouldn’t.

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