Group suing over ‘worst petition drive’ in Michigan history

Protecting Michigan Taxpayers wants to overturn prevailing wage law

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — A group that wants to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law is suing a company it says conducted “the worst petition drive” in Michigan history.

Protecting Michigan Taxpayers says it hired Nevada-based Silver Bullet LLC to collect the more than 252,000 signatures to get a measure to overturn the prevailing wage on the ballot. In a lawsuit, PMT claims Silver Bullet guaranteed at least 70 percent of signatures it collected would be valid. However, only an estimated 59 percent of the 388,000 signatures submitted were valid and the proposal was kept off the ballot.

PMT says Silver Bullet was paid nearly $1.3 million for the petition drive.

“Because Silver Bullet conducted the worst petition drive in the history of the State of Michigan, PMT failed to submit sufficient signatures for the Initiative to be placed before the Legislature, therefore, PMT was forced to withdraw the petition,” the group’s lawyer wrote in the lawsuit.

“Had PMT been aware, prior to submitting its petitions to the Michigan Department of State on September 14, 2015, that Silver Bullet had conducted the worst petition drive in the history of the State of Michigan, PMT certainly had time and financial resources to collect more petition signatures,” the suit continues.

The group has started another petition drive in hopes of making the ballot.

The prevailing wage law guarantees union-based pay and benefits on government projects.

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