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Minimum wage increases, still short of Washtenaw County's living wage

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Effective at the start of 2023, the hourly minimum wage in Michigan rose above $10.

The state’s minimum wage saw a small jump from $9.87 to $10.10. Shamar Herron is the executive director of Michigan Works Southeast, an employment support organization. He says while the increase is a step in the right direction, it’s still well below the living wage for Washtenaw County, which is $16.36 for an individual.

“You know, anytime we can get more dollars into our hard-working residents’ pockets, that’s a positive. We do have to consider our businesses and where do they squeeze those margins to be able to afford those wages.”

Thestate’s 2018 ballot proposalwas supposed to boost the minimum wage to a little more than $13 per hour. That increase was reduced by the Republican-led Legislature. A court ruling will be announced in February to determine if that reduction was constitutional.

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Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
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