Chinitz: The Real Living Wage? $17.28 an Hour – at Least

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A living wage is the pay a person needs to cover basic needs like food, housing, utilities and clothing, along with some savings to handle emergencies. And even $15 per hour won't cut it in many places.

Reprinted from Common Dreams by Julie Chinitz on October 26, 2016.

“Fifteen dollars shouldn’t be too much to ask – or demand,” writes Julie Chinitz in Common Dreams.

“In almost every state, a worker needs more than $15 an hour to make ends meet. Add in student debt, and the minimum living wage shoots up to $18.67 an hour nationally. A family with children needs significantly more.

“That’s according to new research from People’s Action Institute, which calculates the national living wage at $17.28. A living wage is the pay a person needs to cover basic needs like food, housing, utilities and clothing, along with some savings to handle emergencies.

“In some states, the living wage is much higher. New Jersey, Maryland, and New York have a living wage greater than $20 per hour for a single adult. In Hawaii and Washington, D.C., that figure hits almost $22 per hour. No state has a living wage for a single adult lower than $14.50 an hour.” …

Common Dreams 10/26

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