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An article about the efforts of a coalition of Richmond congregations to mandate a living wage for the city's contract workers ("Temporary Savings," News & Features, June 14) stated incorrectly that the state attorney general had ruled such an action legal under the Virginia Public Procurement Act. In 2002, the attorney general issued an opinion saying the act does not authorize mandating contractors to provide a living wage. However, the city of Charlottesville successfully implemented such an ordinance in 2001 and has seen no legal challenges. "Ultimately it could be a question for the court to decide," says Tucker Martin, a spokesman for the attorney general.

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