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Local governments in Michigan can, and sometimes do, legislate their own rules for employers within their jurisdictions. For example, several municipalities have living-wage laws stipulating higher pay than the state minimum wage ($7.15 per hour as of July 1, 2007):

Lansing: The city’s living-wage law mandates a wage of 125 percent of the federal poverty rate.

Ingham County: County employees and contractors with contracts of at least $50,000, as well as subcontractors performing at least $25,000 of work for the county, must pay their workers 125 percent of the federal poverty rate, with 20 percent of remuneration allocated toward health benefits.

Taylor: Contractors and subcontractors working on city contracts of $50,000 or more must pay their workers 100 percent of the federal poverty rate with health benefits, or 125 percent of the rate without insurance.

Southfield: Contractors and subcontractors working on city ...(register to read more)

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