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Mich. Election Board Deadlocks on Wage Measure

Statewide referendums on recreational marijuana and wages for state construction projects are closer to getting on the ballot. Statewide referendums on recreational marijuana and wages for state construction projects are closer to getting on the ballot. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file photo

Updated: April 27, 2018 12:04 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan elections board has deadlocked 2-2 on whether to certify initiated legislation that would repeal a law requiring higher "prevailing" wages on state-financed construction projects.

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Republicans voted to approve the measure Thursday, while Democrats voted against after labor unions raised concerns over circulators' addresses.

Backers of the repeal bill vow to sue in the state Court of Appeals to get the measure certified. State staff had recommended certification.

If courts order the measure to be approved, it would first go to the Republican-led Legislature. Legislators could enact it or let voters decided in November.

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