LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Governor Rick Snyder is back on a possible collisions course with organized labor, this time over House GOP efforts to repeal the state's prevailing wage act.
House Republicans and Speaker Jase Bolger were successful in convincing the governor to sign the right to week legislation when he said it was a divisive issue that was not on his agenda. Now they are back pushing repeal of the state's long standing prevailing Wage Act that prevents business from paying lower wages for jobs. Labor contends its another anti-union shot from the GOP.
So what will the governor do on this one. Oppose it? Threatened to veto it? Or go along with those Republicans who want it or say it is not on his agenda?
"It's a very divisive issue, so I would say it's not something that we're working on," said Governor Snyder.
The governor did not use the term "not on my agenda"
But Democrat Mark Schuer, who might run against the governor next year, thinks, here we go again.
"There's a problem now. Bills to repeal the state's prevailing wage have been dropped in both the House and Senate. Governor Snyder's statement on that is eerily reminiscent of his statement on right to work," said Schuer.
Schauer wants the governor to publicly denounce the pending legislation and promise to veto it. He argues the democrats will not put up votes on the governor's efforts to raise revenue for the roads, if he doesn't promise that veto.
"What a repeal of prevailing wage is is an invitation to out of state companies to pay workers less. So what needs to happen is that issue needs to be off the table. And we will gladly and enthusiastically come to the table on the road package," said Schuer.
It appears, for the moment, that Senate Republicans are not in agreement with House Republicans on this one, but that was the case with Right to Work and it was eventually passed. is worried that this is deja vue all over again with the governor caught in the middle and union wages hanging in the balance.