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What McDonalds Won’t Pay, We Will

On $7.25 an hour, no minimum-wage Idaho worker will escape abject poverty unless:

  • He's a minor living at home with his parents.
  • He relies on Medicaid for his children and gets coverage if lawmakers ever accept the federal offer to expand coverage to able-bodied adults, for himself.
  • He receives food stamps.
  • He gets an Earned Income Tax Credit.

One world view says that's a lot of taxpayer-provided freebies to the worker. The other sees billions of taxpayer-provided subsidies to the employers/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune More here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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