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Lansing City Council takes a 20% pay raise

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Lansing city council is getting a 20% pay raise, despite protests from some council members. 

Five of the eight council members voted to reject the pay raise. But they fell short of the super-majority needed to block the raise. 

"When you look at per-capita what the average income is in the city of Lansing, a perception of taking a 20% was something that is just unacceptable," council member Carol Wood said. 

The pay hike is intended to make up for the fact that salaries haven't gone up in more than a dozen years, but Wood doesn't believe that is a good enough justification. 

"That doesn't happen out there in the private sector, why should it happen in the public sector?" Cook asked. "Why should that be a criteria that you look at because you didn't take a raise, now you're going to get a 20% raise." 

The raises will take effect July 1.

--Paige Pfleger, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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