A study published by the Food Bank Council of Michigan found workers in Lansing need to make between $18 and $23 an hour to support a family of four. The so-called "self sufficiency standard" includes basic needs like housing, child, health care, food, and transportation.
Researchers hope the study will help start a discussion about how to better help families in need. Executive Director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan, Dr. Phil Knight, said, "We'd also like to see that practices, policies and legislation that currently deincentivize people to work, that these policies all be re-evaluated and re-structured to reward people for their work."
The initiative set standards for families in each of Michigan's 83 counties. You can see the report by visiting fbcmich.org.