One way to make sense of competing public policy claims is to seek the most neutral source of information possible and then listen.
Unfortunately, neutral sources can be hard to find. Even numbers can lie in the right hands. But they can also tell a compelling story. The numbers behind a recent study of what a minimum wage job can provide tell us a lot.
The Michigan League for Public Policy looked at what the minimum wage of $8.15 can pay for in various places around the state.
In Lake County, long the poorest county in Michigan, a single adult, full-time worker would need to make $10 an hour to meet basic needs, according to a 2014 study by the League.
In Grand Traverse County, that amount goes up to $11 an hour. In Manistee County, one can get by on $9.94 per hour. Read More