Can you live on the minimum wage?

After we announced plans last July for our initiated measure to raise the minimum wage, KELO’s Don Jorgenson went to Hansen County, the county with the lowest cost of living in the entire country, and asked folks if they could live on minimum wage there.

Not a single person said yes. 

Last week, the New York Times put together a very compelling infographic to show just how hard it is to survive on minimum wage. Play around with it. It becomes very clear very quickly that even a single adult who works full time at minimum wage would struggle to make ends meet. Min Wage Annual min wage earnings $725 below poverty line

Is it any wonder then why newspapers across the country are speaking on behalf of raising the minimum wage?

Kansas
Give American workers a reasonable raise
Kansas City Star // Editorial

Michigan
To reward work, increase the minimum wage
Holland Sentinel // Editorial

California
Raise the minimum wage
LA Times // Editorial

New Mexico
Minimum wage hike good for NM
Albuquerque Journal// Editorial

Nebraska
Minimum wage
Star Herald // Editorial

Connecticut
Move now to improve minimum wage
New Haven Register // Editorial

Pennsylvania
Support for a living wage
York Dispatch // Editorial

Massachusetts
Editorial: The case for higher wages
The Metro West Daily News// Editorial Board

Florida
Minimum wage hike aids economy
Florida Today // Rhonda Abrahams

Texas
It’s time to raise the minimum wage
The Humble Observer// Patty Pinkley Humble Area Democrats

Idaho
The Value of Increasing the Minimum Wage
Times-News// Melinda Henneberger

Alaska
Raising Alaska’s minimum wage is a common sense decision
Alaska Dispatch // Carey Restino

Colorado
Higher pay helps the economy
Denver Post // Don Marostica OpEd

Washington
Raise wages to reduce racial income inequality
The Seattle Times // Gerald Hankerson OpEd

College graduates need the minimum wage to rise
The Seattle Times // Sandi Halimuddin OpEd

Ohio
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown: Minimum-wage hike will help economy
Cincinnati Enquirer // Sen. Sherrod Brown OpEd

Iowa
Minimum wage no longer fair
The Gazette // Rep. Bruce Braley OpEd

Low minimum wage bad for women, business
Globe Gazette // Sherry Stewart Deutschmann OpEd

Wisconsin
The need to increase the minimum wage is pressing
Racine Journal Times // State Rep. Cory Mason OpEd

Minimum wage hike? Boost pay and the economy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel // Michael Wilder and Rosalynn Wolfe OpEd

Minnesota
Times Writers Group: Raise minimum wage, work in justice
SC Times // Times Writers Group OpEd

Texas
Higher minimum wage would help economy, workers
The Daily Toreador // Jakob Reynolds OpEd

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