I wish this kind of thing was more addressed in politics :(
You’d think that minimum wage would increase every year since the cost of living seems to but it’s almost insane to think about how bad it REALLY is when you consider the real living wage (i.e. what you take home versus what you’re paid). Taxes that are taken from your check can be the equivalent of losing two days pay, not to mention that a vast majority of minimum wage jobs offer little to no benefits (health insurance, paid days off, etc.).
Let’s not even get started on how most minimum wage jobs don’t even OFFER the opportunity for overtime or in some cases, a full 40 hour work week.
So when you think about how the average minimum wage worker can really only get about 30 hours at one job and then 30 hours at another (which means a 12-hour work day, five days a week), it’s easy to see why there needs to be some sort of overhaul to the system.
This so much. When I was making min wage I barely had enough money to buy ramen noodles after my bills were paid, there were weeks I had to even ration those out.