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File #: 15-0688    Version: 1 Name: Elimination of Local Governments' Authority to Raise Local Labor Market Standards
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/1/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/1/2015 Final action: 6/1/2015
Enactment date: 6/1/2015 Enactment #: R-15-182
Title: Resolution against the Elimination of Local Governments' Authority to Raise Local Labor Market Standards above State Minimums
Sponsors: Christopher Taylor, Sabra Briere, Julie Grand, Chuck Warpehoski, Kirk Westphal, Jack Eaton, Stephen Kunselman, Graydon Krapohl
Title
Resolution against the Elimination of Local Governments' Authority to Raise Local Labor Market Standards above State Minimums
Body
Whereas, House Bill 4052 and Senate Bill 337 would deprive local governments - including all cities, municipalities and counties - in the state of Michigan of the power to set prevailing, living and minimum wage levels, as well as other forms of local labor market regulation (e.g., earned sick leave requirements) for the businesses operating in their communities, not only preventing new regulations of these kinds but invalidating existing policies;

Whereas, The City of Ann Arbor has long had Prevailing Wage and Living Wage Ordinances that have been valuable economic development tools which would be undermined should one of these Bills become law;

Whereas, Economic and social challenges (e.g., cost of living) and the opportunities (e.g., average education and income levels) vary considerably among Michigan's cities and counties, so that (provided that the state establishes a basic minimum or floor) a "one size fits all" state-level strategy of economic development is likely to be sub-optimal with respect to the kinds of policies covered by HB4052 and SB 337;

Whereas, Allowing local governments in Michigan to experiment with different permutations of such policies advances our understanding of such policies' benefits, costs and limits in the particular context of our state, to the benefit of all citizens of our state; and

Whereas, Political values and priorities vary among communities in Michigan as in every other state, a reality best reconciled with the ideal of democratic decision-making by devolving policy-making power to the most local level that does not give rise to negative (e.g., race to the bottom) dynamics;

RESOLVED, That the City of Ann Arbor opposes HB4052 and SB337 and encourages the members of the Senate's Michigan Competitiveness Committee and, should it come to the floor of the Senate, all Mich...

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