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Posted on August 21, 2013
DID YOU KNOW these MINIMUM WAGE EARNER FACTS?
The average annual cost of meeting basic needs for a Minnesota family of four is about $58,000. To cover these costs two workers must each earn $14.03 per hour.
At the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, a couple with two children would have to work a total of 155 hours a week to meet basic needs.
Minimum Wage Math
Minimum wage at $7.25/hour
$7.25 x 40/hours week x 52 weeks/year = $15,080
Minimum wage at $9.50/hour
$9.50 x 40/hours week x 52 weeks/year = $19,760
Please contact your legislators and ask them to “Ketchup to the cost of living” and raise the minimum wage to $9.50.
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Posted on August 20, 2013
The Minnesota Church Ladies DVD and conversation guide are now available for sale. In four short videos, the Minnesota Church Ladies use creativity and humor to address serious public policy issues that relate to ending poverty in Minnesota. The Church Ladies' engaging dialogue is created to spark conversation about poverty within your own circles-in your congregation, or neighborhood group, or family, or among a group of friends.
The videos include:
The DVD/Conversation Guides can be ordered online for $11.00 (click here) or bought in person at The Art Shoppe at Midtown Global Market.
Posted on July 08, 2013
By Jim Jordal
One of the reasons it’s so difficult to eradicate poverty is that most Americans think it’s a normal outcome of capitalistic enterprise. They see it as a game with winners and losers in a free market system operating in a political democracy. If you win it’s because of your superior intellect, hard work, good timing, perseverance or other fortuitous attributes. And if you lose it’s because of your lack of marketable skills and worthy attitudes and behaviors.
Since we all are aware of the vast range of human skills, abilities, and accidents of birth it then follows that the outcomes for some will be less than for others---so poverty thus becomes normal.
When some situation is considered normal society then loses interest in solving it since solutions are viewed as impossible. We can then commiserate over those unfortunate souls having the problem but at the same time studiously ignore it. We view poverty as "punishment" for bad behavior and as such it becomes both moral and necessary.