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ACT Ohio advocates for quality, safe construction by qualified contractors and skilled craftsmen, as well as level competition to ensure the state’s tax dollars are spent properly. ACT Ohio strives to educate and inform the public on the importance of fair wages, workforce training, industry regulations, safety standards and green construction practices.

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ACT Ohio Executive Director Testifies Again in Opposition to HB 394

ACT Ohio Executive Director Matt Szollosi testified again yesterday in the Ohio House of Representatives Insurance Committee, in opposition to House Bill 394 (“HB 394”). Mr. Szollosi's testimony focused on how this legislation would harm both skilled construction professionals and the contractors they work for.

Background: HB 394 was introduced under the premise that Ohio needs a solvent unemployment compensation fund.

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Anti-Prevailing Wage Group Short Signatures for Ballot Initiative in Michigan

A petition filed with the Michigan Board of Elections by an anti-prevailing wage group appears to be dramatically short of viable signatures. Protecting Michigan Taxpayers, a right wing interest organization, had 180 days to collect enough signatures to submit the initiative to the Michigan Legislature for it to appear on the ballot.

Protect Michigan Jobs, a grass roots advocacy group that supports prevailing wage, filed a challenge yesterday, claiming that out of 388,000 signatures, only 221,000 (perhaps fewer) are valid. The Board of State Canvassers is now required to analyze the signatures to determine whether they are valid.

If the board determines that the signatures are indeed not valid, then the petition would fall short of the signatures required to put a taxpayer-initiated repeal of the prevailing wage law on the ballot. Around 252,000 signatures are needed to send the initiative to the legislature, which would have forty days to make a decision. If they fail to act, the initiative will become a ballot proposal in November 2016.

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