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Tue May 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Commissioners To Consider Resolution Supporting Efforts To Raise Minimum Wage

The Washtenaw County Commissioners will enter the minimum wage debate tonight as they consider a resolution supporting an increase.

President Barack Obama at the University of Michigan last month calling for an increase in the minimum wage.
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89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Washtenaw County Commissioners are considering a resolution supporting efforts to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

The Chair of the Washtenaw County Commissioners says employees working for minimum wage need to work two full-time jobs to afford living in the county.  The commissioners tonight will consider a resolution supporting a hike in minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.  Chair Yousef Rabhi says that's really still below where it should be, based on the county's living wage ordinance.  It requires companies doing business with the county to pay $11.64 an hour or $13.65 if the employer doesn't provide health care benefits.

The resolution is supporting efforts by President Barack Obama who spoke at the University of Michigan last month about the need to increase minimum wage.  There are also efforts by state lawmakers and citizen's groups to boost Michigan's minimum wage.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.