ERIC LAMPINEN: Legislature took prevailing wage issue into their own hands

TO THE EDITOR:

The November ballot will include multiple issues that voters will have the opportunity to decide for ourselves. This is the most direct form our democratic process takes and offers citizens the final decision on policies that have an important impact on our lives.

One issue you won’t see in November is the prevailing wage. Why? Because the Michigan legislature purposefully preempted our vote, insuring we wouldn’t have the opportunity to make our own decision and assuring that the prevailing wage law was rescinded without voter consent.

The required signatures had been collected and the question had been approved for the ballot. Legislators, though they profess to represent constituents, truly represent campaign contributors and determined the prevailing wage to be far too important to their corporate benefactors to allow the voters to decide.

So they recently took up the issue in session and blocked voters from exercising their democratic authority. Curt Vanderwall, our state representative, was among those who voted to silence your voice.

Mr. Vanderwall will be on the ballot running for state senator. Let’s prevent him from silencing our voice again by silencing his in the August primary election.

Eric Lampinen

Manistee

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