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ThinkProgress: Lawmakers Take The ‘Minimum Wage Challenge’ To Eat Off A Reduced Budget For A Week

What's it like to live on the minimum wage in this day and age? Michigan state legislators are finding out just that this week as part of the National Week of Action for Real Prosperity Across America. Here are excerpts from a ThinkProgress.org piece reporting in

Lawmakers Take The ‘Minimum Wage Challenge’ To Eat Off A Reduced Budget For A Week

BY BRYCE COVERT ON APRIL 10, 2014 AT 9:39 AM

Rashida Tlaib is a state representative in Michigan. But on Wednesday when she checked out at her grocery store, she couldn’t afford all of the items and had to put some back. That’s because she’s taking a weeklong minimum wage challenge organized by Progressive States Network (PSN).

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During her trip today, “a gallon of milk was six dollars,” Tlaib said. “It’s an hour’s work for a gallon of milk.” Her cashier seemed used to having someone have to put items back, as if it’s a regular occurrence. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is far below where it would be if it had kept pace with increasing inflation or workers’ productivity over the years.

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Michigan State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood took the challenge last week and said, “I think it was a challenge in terms of making decisions about what you’re going to buy and how you’re going to plan all of your meals.” .... But for his constituents who make minimum wage, “it’s not an exercise,” he said. “For them, it’s everyday, it’s life.”

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