ABC of Michigan News Releases

ABC of Michigan Congratulates Endorsed Candidates

For Immediate Release: November 11, 2016 Contact: Jeff Wiggins 517.853.2545 ABC of Michigan Congratulates Endorsed Candidates, New House Leadership Team for 99th Legislature LANSING, MI – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC) congratulated today the 61 ABC-endorsed candidates who were victorious in their election efforts, as well as Speaker-Elect Tom Leonard (R-Dewitt) and the rest of the new House majority leadership team for the 2017-2018 Legislative term.    “This past Tuesday, Michigan voters sent a clear message to Lansing that job creation, responsible budgets, and free market principles should guide the 99th Legislature,” said Jeff Wiggins, State Director of ABC of Michigan. “The people of Michigan made the choice to continue the pursuit of free enterprise and a government that truly serves the hardworking families of this state. The candidates endorsed by ABC of Michigan represent these principles and we congratulate them ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC of Michigan Announces Jeff Wiggins as New State Director

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC) is pleased to announce Jeff Wiggins will be joining the association as its new State Director.  ABC also announced that it will continue to work closely with Chris Fisher as he joins Midwest Strategy Group as Partner with the Lansing-based governmental affairs firm.


“Jeff Wiggins will be an incredible asset for the organization and will play a key role in managing and strategically growing the association,” said Board Chair Mike Houseman, North American President of Wolverine Building Group.  “Under the leadership of Wiggins, this new arrangement will lead to new opportunities for ABC members and benefit the industry across Michigan.”

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ABC Announces Young Professional of the Year Finalists

ABC Announces Young Professional of the Year Finalists

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) continued its celebration of Careers in Construction Month today by announcing three finalists for its first Young Professional of the Year Award. Finalists were chosen based on their career achievement, leadership and vision for future industry enhancement from a field of more than 100 nominations representing 47 ABC chapters and more than 80 member companies.
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Senate passes HB 4052 - Preempting local prevailing wage and employment laws

Michigan took another step toward economic recovery and job creation today with the Senate’s passage of House Bill 4052 preempting local prevailing wage and employment laws. 

“We appreciate the Legislature’s effort to end our current irregular patchwork of rules which is costing us jobs and economic development. The state, rather than 1,800 different political subdivisions, should have the ability to regulate wages and benefits.”

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Builders and contractors support prevailing wage repeal petition drive

A leading construction trade group is supporting an effort to gather petition signatures to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law, Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC) announced today. 

“We support this citizen effort to stop tax dollar waste and keep Michigan’s construction economy strong,” said Chris Fisher, president of ABC.  
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Michigan sees nation’s best year-over-year improvement in construction employment

Lansing, Mich. – Michigan’s construction industry saw the largest year-over-year drop in unemployment of any state in the U.S. with a 5.7-point unemployment rate decrease, according to data for February released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and analyzed by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). 
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Prevailing wage repeal is Legislature’s first bill of 2015

Michigan taxpayers, public schools and universities will get a budget break this year if priority House and Senate legislation to repeal the “prevailing wage” law is finally passed.
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Supreme Court will hear ABC Appeal on Lansing Prevailing Wage

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Supreme Court has granted a leave for appeal by Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC), an action that could lead to local prevailing wage ordinances being invalidated throughout the state. 
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ABC Commends Livingston County for Repealing Prevailing Wage Requirements

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC) August 5 commended the Livingston County Board of Commissioners for an August 4 decision repealing a job-killing prevailing wage mandate on county-funded construction projects.
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ABC Applauds Congress’ Passage of Key Workforce Development Bill

WIOA will streamline and localize job training programs while ensuring that they are targeted toward available career opportunities.
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