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Prevailing wage petition falls short with duplicate signatures

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A petition to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law is being challenged, after claims that thousands of signatures were duplicated.

It's a new twist in the GOP-led effort to go around Gov. Rick Snyder, and repeal a law the governor supports.

John Purich is an attorney for a group wanting keep the state's prevailing wage law in tact.

"This one is not going to make it," Purich said.

Purich is talking about this petition drive led by those who want to repeal the state's law that guarantees union scale wages for state funding and issued contracts.

Purich said this petition is not only the worst he's ever seen, he says it's now far short of the number of signatures needed to put it on the ballot in November.

The biggest problem with the petition, Purich said there is a staggering number of duplicate signatures.

  • 4 people signed the petition ten times.
  • 2 people signed it 9 times.
  • 10 people signed it 8 times.
  • 20 people signed it 7 times.
  • 55 people signed it 6 times.
  • 150 people signed it 5 times.
  • 588 signed it 4 times.
  • 2,684 people signed it 3 times.
  • 18,767 people signed it two times.

Purich said all the duplicates leave this petition dead in the water.

A bill to repeal the prevailing wage law already passed in the state senate. But before it could be taken up in the house, Snyder publicly stated he was opposed to repealing it.

A group known as Protecting Michigan Taxpayers drummed up this petition in hopes to repeal the law without needing the governor's signature.

The petition was submitted to the state board of canvassers with 390,000. Purich estimates only 221,000 signatures are actually valid, leaving it roughly 25,000 short.

Next week this issue will be taken up at a special meeting with the state board of canvassers. The group behind the petition is fighting the challenge.

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