img_Baltimore-MinWage-OverpassOn July 10th members of grassroots social justice organization Communities United unfurled a large banner above I-83 that read, “Raise Maryland’s Minimum Wage.” Communities United is part of the Raise Maryland coalition, which is working to pass statewide legislation to raise the minimum wage.

img_Baltimore-MinWageThe banner drop, which lasted for 30 minutes at the start of rush hour,  coincided with the release of a report by the Economic Policy Institute –an independent, nonprofit think tank- that shows that it is impossible for families living on minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet.

In What Families Need to Get By: The 2013 Update of EPI’s Family Budget Calculator, EPI explains that because poverty thresholds, generally set at the national level, were created to measure serious economic deprivation and do not account for community-specific costs, the dollar amount necessary for a family to attain a secure yet modest living is much higher than conventional estimates.

Annual wages for one full-time, full-year minimum-wage worker total $15,080, far below the $57,677 EPI states as necessary for a one-parent, one-child family in Baltimore to have true economic security.

  • Published: July 12, 2013
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