- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Organizers of a drive to repeal Michigan’s 50-year-old prevailing wage law have cleared a procedural step before they begin collecting signatures.

The Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday approved the form of a petition submitted by Protecting Michigan Taxpayers, which has backing from a construction trade organization.

The group announced last week the submission of a citizens’ initiative to repeal Michigan’s law requiring workers on state-financed construction projects to be paid prevailing union-scale wages. If roughly 252,000 valid voter signatures are collected, the bill would go to the Legislature.

If lawmakers passed the legislation, Gov. Rick Snyder could not veto it despite his opposition to similar bills in the Legislature. If lawmakers did not act or rejected the measure, it would be put to a statewide vote in November 2016.

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