On his Facebook page, Randy Stapilus posts: “Those concerned with benefits going to people who “won't get up off their asses and work” miss the vast number of people who do work, sometimes two and three jobs, and still can't get by. Or even come close to anything resembling financial security.” Also, he provides a link to a survey by Upworthy to show how many hours it takes for an individual earning minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom apartment in the various states. In Idaho, it takes 71 hours to afford a two-bedroom apartment.
Question: Do you know someone who is working at two or more minimum or low-wage jobs — and is still struggling to get by?
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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