Despite inflation, the minimum wage in I
A recent study revealed that people receiving government aid make more than the minimum wage offered in many states including
"Budgeting is a big thing in our household. Without budgeting and without planning, we would be just so lost," said Irby who works as a server.
The minimum wage is, minimal. Irby lives on a guaranteed wage of lower than $7.25.
"Well I do make $2.13 an hour so that can be rough when it comes to my paycheck. Usually my paycheck is no more than $30 or $40," she said.
A guaranteed $30-$40 every other week isn’t enough to feed her nine and ten year old boys.... but she still manages to make ends meet.
"I say budgeting tips, working long hours, six, seven days a week...It helps," she added.
In March of this year, the
"If you take a look at the federal minimum wage and adjust it to inflation it has actually declined by 20%," said Ellen Cutter, the Director of Community Research for IPFW.
"It’s an important imperative in terms of our economic development within the region to pay attention to that to make sure that we are creating good jobs and that we are paying wages that make us competitive for talent,” said Cutter.
Cutter says wages have not kept up with inflation and the last time it has, was in the 1960's.
Over the decades, thousands of more American’s have relied on welfare and other government aid.
A map compiled by the New York Times shows the growing dependence on government resources since the late 1960's. The darker the area, the more aid-from food stamps to Medicare.The harsh reality is that according to the recent study, those collecting medical assistance, help with food and housing are bringing home more than $7.25 an hour and as much as $26 an hour in Hawaii.
"It’s not fair," said Irby.
Research shows that people receiving benefits from all of the following have an income higher than an entry level school teacher.
-TANF (cash program)
-SNAP (food stamps)
-WIC (women, infants and children)
-Section 8 (housing assistance)
-Free commodities like, milk eggs and cheese
The take home rate in
Irby says she has two Associate Degrees in medical studies and has not been able to find work in her field. She is also working on balancing work and caring for her family so she can eventually pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in health administration.