Happy First Anniversary to Michigan taxpayers and skilled tradespeople!
 
A little more than one year ago, state lawmakers repealed Michigan’s prevailing wage mandate, setting the table to save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year, on school and other construction projects.
 
And what a year it’s been. A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Michigan added 7,000 construction jobs since the law was repealed.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel are in a dangerous competition to become Lansing’s most extreme politician when it comes to Line 5 and the energy needs of residents in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
 
Over the last few weeks, the Governor and the AG have staked out different and potentially disastrous positions against common sense solutions that would protect the Great Lakes, prevent oil spills and accidental leaks, and keep the lights on and the homes fueled north of the Mackinac Bridge.


Gas prices are set to rise by as much as 19 cents per gallon, according to petroleum analysts at GasBuddy, and that’s before Governor Whitmer gets her hands on them.  According to a report this morning, motorists will soon see sticker shock at the pump, with prices expected to reach an average of $2.99 per gallon.
 
Business leaders, policymakers and legislators attending this week’s Detroit Regional Chamber Annual Mackinac Policy Conference will return home to Wayne County, for instance, to a nearly quarter-per-gallon jump in their fuel costs.
 
The news couldn’t come at a worse time, as Governor Whitmer made the rounds yesterday at the conference, pushing lawmakers to pass her 45-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase by the end of June.

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