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  • 21 States Raised The Minimum Wage in 2022, But Living Costs Are Rising Faster

    Apr 08, 2022

    The Center's 2021 brief focused on the federal minimum wage was referenced in an article exploring recent increases in the minimum wage throughout the U.S. and whether it is a true living wage.

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  • Is a $15 Minimum Wage Enough?

    Apr 07, 2022

    Center staff member Natalie Shaak was quoted in an article exploring if a $15 minimum wage is a sufficient wage floor.

    Discussing data from a the Center's 2021 brief, she shared that $15 isn't enough, given living costs such as housing, child care and food. "Even in the lowest-cost-of-living state, which would be Mississippi, people are still not going to be able to live on $15 an hour."

    Even the higher "living wages" that are shared do not taking into account people being able to save for an emergency, buy a house so they're no longer renting, or develop any kind of wealth to pull themselves out of poverty," Shaak said.

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