Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

LETTER: Minimum Wage Hike Would Help Economy

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

LETTER: Minimum Wage Hike Would Help Economy

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A study released last month by Amy Glassmeier, professor of economic geography and regional planning at MIT, revealed that in order for a person to earn a living wage in Tuscaloosa County, the amount needed to escape poverty, that a full-time worker would have to earn $10.10 per hour. The estimated annual expenses for that person would be $21,008.

At this time, the minimum wage paid to full-time workers in Tuscaloosa County is $7.25, or $15,080 annually. Even though Tuscaloosa's economy has grown in recent years due to tornado recovery construction and expansion by the University of Alabama, wages for minimum wage workers have remained stagnant.

The first federal minimum wage of $1.60 was enacted by Congress in 1968. If it had kept up with inflation, it would be $10. …

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