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Michigan high court halts OK of wage bill to consider appeal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court is halting the certification of a ballot initiative that would repeal the state's prevailing wage law while the justices consider whether to hear an appeal.

The court issued a stay Tuesday. That means the state Court of Appeals' order that the elections board certify the initiated legislation is on hold.

The board canceled a Tuesday afternoon meeting at which it was going to consider certifying the measure. It previously deadlocked 2-2 after Democrats agreed with unions' concerns about paid circulators who gathered signatures.

The law requires that higher "prevailing" union-scale wages are paid workers on state-financed construction projects such as schools.

If the initiative is certified, the Republican-led Legislature will have 40 days to enact it or lawmakers could let it proceed to the November ballot.

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