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    I don't believe in raising the minimum wage. What's going to make someone work harder: them knowing that in another month the minimum wage will be raised and they'll get $2.00 more per hour, or someone who knows that they don't want to stay at $9.00 an hour, so they'll work all the harder to get promoted? And let's be real, most people who make JUST minimum wage (not talking about waiters, as they also get tips) are kids working at a fast food place, so why are we giving them more money? People shouldn't be content with making the bare minimum, they should want to better themselves.
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    I found this today this is how much one would have to work to afford a 2 bedroom apartment in MA:

    Report: 3 Minimum Wage Jobs Needed To Afford A Mass. 2-Bedroom Apartment | WBUR

    Our average wages do not cut it either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    I found this today this is how much one would have to work to afford a 2 bedroom apartment in MA:

    Report: 3 Minimum Wage Jobs Needed To Afford A Mass. 2-Bedroom Apartment | WBUR

    Our average wages do not cut it either.
    Most people who are working minimum wage are young singles who wouldn't need a 2 bedroom apt.

    Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers: 2011
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    Do they equate single with being childless? Because being single doesn't mean one doesn't have children therefore a need for at least 1 extra bedroom.

    Trust me, one bedrooms are not cheap around here either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Do they equate single with being childless? Because being single doesn't mean one doesn't have children therefore a need for at least 1 extra bedroom.

    Trust me, one bedrooms are not cheap around here either.
    Want or Need? 2 different things. A single parent with children could live in a one bedroom. I'm sure there are lots of people that do. Compared to how people live in some other countries we don't know how good we have it. There are some places that whole families live in a lot less space than a 1 bedroom apt. The point is that only 5% of hourly workers make minimum wage or below, and those tend to be young workers mostly under 25. Even if these single workers had children they would tend to be pretty young kids. So you are taking a very small percentage of an already low 5% that might have kids that might possibly need a 2 bedroom apt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Want or Need? 2 different things. A single parent with children could live in a one bedroom. I'm sure there are lots of people that do. Compared to how people live in some other countries we don't know how good we have it. There are some places that whole families live in a lot less space than a 1 bedroom apt. The point is that only 5% of hourly workers make minimum wage or below, and those tend to be young workers mostly under 25. Even if these single workers had children they would tend to be pretty young kids. So you are taking a very small percentage of an already low 5% that might have kids that might possibly need a 2 bedroom apt.
    A single person with a child wouldn't be able to even afford a one bedroom on minimum wage where I live.

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    We need different bedrooms in Mass. Children of different sexes need different bedrooms after age 5 too.

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    I also think it's kind of a moot point because typically there isn't that big of a difference in price between 1 and 2 bedrooms. Not enough to put one in the "affordable" category and one not. If housing is expensive, it's just expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    We need different bedrooms in Mass. Children of different sexes need different bedrooms after age 5 too.
    I guess you have expensive needs then. I slept in bunkbed with my 3 brothers well past age 5, and then my older brother moved to a different room. I slept in the same room as my 2 younger brothers until I was about 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE View Post
    A single person with a child wouldn't be able to even afford a one bedroom on minimum wage where I live.
    Then maybe they need to live in a different area. They can come to Texas the cost of living is much lower here.
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