Anti-prevailing wage group may be short signatures again

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A group pushing to repeal Michigan's law that requires higher "prevailing" wages on state-financed construction projects may be short signatures - again.

The state elections bureau said Tuesday that of 535 signatures sampled, 370 are valid. That's shy of the 373 required by a statistical model.

Officials will next pull a larger sample of 4,000 signatures to review.

A ballot committee backed by the nonunion Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan says it turned in more than 380,000 signatures for the veto-proof legislation. About 252,000 signatures must be valid.

The group's previous repeal push in 2015 faltered due to invalid signatures gathered by paid circulators.

The group's leader, Jeff Wiggins, says the initial sample shows there are 10,000 more signatures than needed and he's confident the number will grow.