The Memphis City Council voted to bulk up the salaries of its full-time employees and requiring their contractors to do the same is not far behind. According to reports from, most cities around the country have already addressed the living wage issue and Memphis insists on not lagging behind.

Soon, all contractors who provide services to the City of Memphis, including janitorial and maintenance companies, will be forced to pay those employees at least 10 dollars an hour plus benefits. City officials comment that the decision has come after a long debate on the issue. Many feel that it isn't right that these contractors receive taxpayer dollars, then turn around and pay employees poverty wages.

Council officials insist that small businesses will not be penalized, but according to reports, the same cannot be said for larger companies.

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