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When the minimum is too minimal - The Galveston County Daily News: Letters To Editor

December 7, 2016

When the minimum is too minimal

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Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 12:00 am

There is a tipping point in every family, at which family members do not have enough and over which there is little extra to provide for some dreams.

The living wage situation is worse than ever. I see honest men and women doing their best to provide for their children. One way they manage is by having only one old family car and riding bicycles.

Other ways are to make the best use of food and rent only a small home. Another way is to work long hours at multiple or even part-time jobs.

There is not enough money to meet basic needs, let alone to have access to educational and technological opportunities.

Raising the minimum wage to even $11 per hour would help to provide a little extra cushion to avoid going into debt.

The work landscape has changed so that today people cannot grow much of their own food. People have to be able to access respectable work and earn a living wage for themselves and their families.

The corporations should not make their profits at the expense of poor, working Americans and working middle class Americans. We will all be more secure if we give a living wage to workers.