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12/20/2004

Minimum Wage Not Enough For Minimum Needs

"Most Americans who rely on just a full-time job earning the federal minimum wage cannot afford the rent and utilities on a one- or two-bedroom apartment, an advocacy group on low-income housing reported Monday.

For a two-bedroom rental alone, the typical worker must earn at least $15.37 an hour — nearly three times the federal minimum wage, the National Low Income Housing Coalition said in its annual "Out of Reach" report."

Of course we all know there is no way we can raise minimum wage, but we are waiting breathlessly for the next round of tax cuts for those who can already afford the basics of life. At least the party of "values" is looking out for all of us.

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