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Group seeking prevailing wage law repeal submits signatures

Organizers of a drive to repeal Michigan's 50-year-old prevailing wage law have turned in an estimated 390,959 signatures.

Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams says the signatures were turned in Monday afternoon and will be reviewed by Bureau of Election staff.

Protecting Michigan Taxpayers needs at least 252,523 valid signatures to send the petition to the state Legislature.

The group wants to repeal the law that requires workers on state-financed construction projects to be paid prevailing union-scale wages.

Gov. Rick Snyder can't veto the bill if lawmakers pass it. Otherwise, it goes on a statewide ballot in November 2016.

David Waymire, spokesman for the opposition group Michigan Prevails, says the effort is about "cutting construction worker pay."

He says Michigan Prevails expects many of the signatures to be "fraudulent."