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How taxpayers subsidize low-wage workers
In a March 3, 2014 post on Minnpost.com, Steven Dornfeld writes about the University of California-Berkeley study that concluded that front-line fast food workers earn so little that 52% are enrolled in one or more public assistance programs costing taxpayers almost $7 billion a year.
This article also links to a Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota online model that allows researchers and policy makers to examine the interaction between wages and public assistance programs that provide a measure of economic stability for working families.
Bridge to Benefits Director Elaine Cunningham with the Children’s Defense Fund, says the public assistance the above family of four only gives them a “bare bones budget” that doesn’t include utilities, school expenses, internet access (needed for school and to get a better job), cellphone service or interest on the debt the family has incurred.
Read the full article here.
corporate welfare · income inequality · minimum wage · Minnesota minimum wage
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