By WEI YU
Capital News Service
LANSING – Wages for Michigan women remain much lower than for men, the American Community Survey for Equal Pay shows. The state ranks 42nd nationally in its gender-based wage gap. According to the survey, women in Michigan earn 74 cents of every dollar earned by men, less than the national average of 77 cents. The wage disparity has not only stalled, it has widened, according to the American Association of University Women. Bills pending in the legislature would help eliminate the disparity, advocates say.