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Victory in Idaho: Appeals Court Upholds Idaho Law Protecting Fair and Open Competition on Public Construction Projects

0 September 18, 2015  Featured, Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

Big news out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit: Idaho’s law restricting state agencies or political subdivisions from requiring contractors to enter into project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of performing public work stands. There are no legal challenges against any of the enacted 23 state anti-PLA mandate laws or executive […]


Federal Court Upholds Louisiana Law Prohibiting Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

0 May 28, 2015  Open Competition Works, State & Local Construction

Another union-backed legal challenge to a state law protecting fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction contracts has failed. It is another big win for free enterprise and builds on existing case law permitting states to restrict these crony contracting schemes. A federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana May 27 ruled that Louisiana’s […]


BREAKING: 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds MI Ban on Government-mandated PLAs

1 September 6, 2013  Featured, State & Local Construction

In a huge win for taxpayers and the merit shop construction community, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit overturned a lower court ruling and upheld the Michigan’s right to ban government-mandated PLAs on taxpayer funded construction projects. Here is a joint press release issued by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and […]


ABC Michigan Urges Federal Appeals Court to Uphold Michigan Fair and Open Competition Law

0 January 24, 2013  State & Local Construction

Michigan Gov. Snyder’s office has appealed both of the district court’s rulings against Michigan’s anti-PLA mandate laws to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. ABC and ABC of Michigan have submitted an amicus brief in support of the Governor’s appeal, joined by the National Federation of Independent Business and National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.


Michigan Again Bans PLA Mandates on Taxpayer-Funded Construction

0 July 2, 2012  State & Local Construction

Determined to ensure that taxpayers get the best construction at the best price, Michigan’s elected leaders have again enacted legislation (Public Act 238) that will ensure government neutrality with regard to project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction in the Great Lakes state. Although Michigan adopted a similar bill in 2011, a federal district court […]


BREAKING: MI Gov. Snyder Signs Bill to Ban Government-mandated PLAs

0 July 19, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has signed Michigan S.B. 165, which will prohibit the use of wasteful and discriminatory government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on state, local, university and state assisted construction in Michigan. This will have serious implications in places like Ann Arbor, Detroit, Macomb County and Michigan State University, where past PLA requirements have […]


Breaking: Michigan and Maine Legislatures Pass PLA Bans

2 June 29, 2011  State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Today is a huge day for those who think free enterprise and open competition should determine how taxpayer-funded construction contracts are awarded in America. Lawmakers in Maine and Michigan passed bills that ban government-mandated PLAs on state funded construction.  Once they are signed into law, they will ensure that taxpayers get the best construction at the […]


State Lawmakers Show U.S. House the Way Forward

0 June 22, 2011  Federal Construction, State & Local Construction, Uncategorized

Despite a setback at the federal level, the drive for taxpayer value on public construction continued at the state level last week with several key states taking important actions. First, the Louisiana Legislature approved legislation that would ban government-mandated PLAs on all state and local construction in the state. This bill, S.B. 76, received bi-partisan […]