PLAs drive up costs, increase taxes

Public officials across Michigan, who are responsible for spending tax payer dollars on construction projects, are being enticed to enter into "project labor agreements" (PLAs), which are driving up the cost of construction. In many cases, construction costs in counties, cities, universities and community colleges rise by as much as 20 percent because PLAs, or "labor harmony agreements" as they are also called, award projects only to companies that agree to use union workers.
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