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There’s a Republican president in office again, most of those “Fight for 15” protests have fizzled … it’s time for the media to remind citizens just how bad this country is. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog was up to the task Wednesday with an analysis concluding that a minimum wage worker can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States.


Tracy Jan writes:

The economy’s booming. Some states have raised minimum wages. But even with recent wage growth for the lowest-paid workers, there is still nowhere in the country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job could afford to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Not even in Arkansas, the state with the cheapest housing in the country. One would need to earn $13.84 an hour — about $29,000 a year — to afford a two-bedroom apartment there. The minimum wage in Arkansas is $8.50 an hour.

Even the $15 living wage championed by Democrats would not make a dent in the vast majority of states.

The economy’s booming and wages are growing — how can we spin this as a bad thing?

Tweeter @politicalmath decided to take a closer look at the claim by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (no agenda there).


Yeah, there’s a lot of fine print on that map: “the Fair Market Rent for a TWO BEDROOM RENTAL HOME, without paying more than 30% of their income.”



Hmm …

That seemed to be the plan. Democrats like Joe Kennedy jumped on the report to show just how terrible America is.


Well, the article had the intended effect on at least a few readers.


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