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Road to nowhere: Legislature fails, again, to come up with funding stream

LANSING – Michigan’s construction industry came close to getting an infusion of up to $1.7 billion in money to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. ..

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Construction unemployment at lowest rate in 6 years

Construction employers added 6,000 workers to payrolls in May as the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent, its lowest May level in six years, according to an analysis of new government data released June 6 by the Associated General Contractors of America. However, association officials cautioned that gains remain spotty and that thousands of highway construction jobs are at risk because of a pending halt in federal transportation funding later this summer. ..

Death on the job report: OSHA has been a lifesaver, but more can be done

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer)

WASHINGTON (PAI)–Seven days a week, 365 days a year, weekends and holidays included, a worker dies on the job slightly more than once every other hour. ..

Top 400 list finds modest gains for U.S. contractors

“Despite market gains, firms remain cautious,” reads the headline on theEngineering News Record’s annual ranking of the top 400 contractors in the U.S. The list ranks construction contractors by their revenue in 2013. ..

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Appeals court rebukes ABC, upholds Lansing's prevailing wage law

LANSING – A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling on May 28 upheld a 22-year-old prevailing wage ordinance in the City of Lansing that has ramifications in municipalities across Michigan. ..

Minimum wage, maximum politics: $9.20 per-hour wage coming to Michigan

LANSING – Michigan’s minimum wage will rise from $7.40 per hour to $9.20 by 2017, in bipartisan, compromise legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 27. ..

Minimum wage petition drive now a wasted effort - or is it?

LANSING – While workers in Michigan enjoyed some rare good news with the passage of a higher statewide minimum wage, the legislative process revealed a bare-knuckled GOP political move that could prove costly to Democratic candidates, or perhaps Republicans –  in the November general election. ..

Road to recovery? Michigan goes from zero to $1.7 billion in proposed construction

LANSING – Half a billion… $1.3 billion… do we hear $1.7 billion? ..