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.