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Political stunt rigged for publicity

July 31, 2014 by Maggie Thurber

In an effort to gain sympathy for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour,numerous politicians accepted a challenge to “Live the Wage.” To no one’s surprise, they couldn’t do it.

They were going to live for a week on $77 because that’s all that the challenge sponsors say a full-time worker earning minimum wage makes, after average taxes and housing expenses are deducted, of course.

But then, they weren’t supposed to be able to get by on that amount. That was the point, as the challenge is designed with failure as the goal.

Most people on minimum wage don’t waste money like that.

So I wondered if I could do better?

I took the food stamp challenge when it was all the rage and realized that I could feed myself and my husband on the $23 a week that organizers said was all we had to spend. I also realized how ridiculous other politicians could be when it came to such stunts.

I showed how to do it rather than succumb to the hysteria and myths about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP for short. Apparently, everyone ignored the fact that it is supposed to be a “supplement” to the weekly food budget.

That’s true of this “Live the Wage” challenge, too. You’re not supposed to be able to support a family on a minimum wage job. It’s designed to be a starting wage for unskilled workers until they gain experience and merit a raise.

In fact, only 1.7 percent of Ohioans are single parents earning minimum wage, while less than 5 percent nationally are heads of households earning minimum wage. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 4.3 percent of those in the workforce earn at or below the federal minimum wage.

And those individuals are eligible for several other government benefits like SNAP, Aid to Dependent Children, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, utility vouchers and transportation vouchers. They’re not really getting by on just $77 a week.

Perhaps what this challenge really proves is that too many politicians have no clue how to plan and live within a budget. But then, one look at the federal deficit tells us that — and without all the publicity and hype of them failing to “Live the Wage.”

read full article: Politicians can’t make it on minimum wage, but we did

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