Matteo Ricci College
Poverty Education Center

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  • A higher minimum wage?

    The New York Times recently featured an interesting editorial making the case for a higher minimum wage. One of the best things in the article was its interactive element that allows you to test whether you could live on the current minimum wage. Check it out:

    "The political posturing over raising the minimum wage sometimes obscures the huge and growing number of low-wage workers it would affect. An estimated 27.8 million people would earn more money under the Democratic proposal to lift the hourly minimum from $7.25 today to $10.10 by 2016. And most of them do not fit the low-wage stereotype of a teenager with a summer job. Their average age is 35; most work full time; more than one-fourth are parents; and, on average, they earn half of their families’ total income."

    Go read the rest of the article and the interactive feature.

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