Zorn: Repealing prevailing wage a mistake

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, released the following statement on Wednesday after voting against the repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law.

“Michigan has had a remarkable economic turnaround in recent years. The challenge now is access to enough skilled workers. When I talk to job providers in the 17th Senate District, they tell me there are not enough qualified workers to fill current openings. As we try to meet the workforce needs of a growing economy, it is counterproductive to repeal a law that has helped ensure fair wages and benefits for Michigan workers.

“We need to be doing everything we can to attract and develop talented workers for in-demand jobs. I strongly support our increased investment in career and technical education and other talent development programs that help Michigan residents and students to fill these positions today and for years to come.

“I voted against repealing the prevailing wage because it benefits our state, our workers and our ability to encourage a new generation of workers to enter the skilled trades. I came to Lansing to fight for new and better job opportunities for Monroe and Lenawee counties, and I will continue to stand up for our hardworking families.”