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State's working poor face hunger

13.5% of employed at risk of missing meals, report finds

By Emily Walkenhorst

This article was published January 14, 2018 at 3:09 a.m.

Nearly one-fifth of Arkansans often don't know how they'll get their next meal, according to a recent report from Hunger Free America.

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RBear says... January 14, 2018 at 7:34 a.m.

I've heard several right wingers argue against raising the federal minimum wage, but this issue further highlights the need for raising something that hasn't risen in almost a decade. Think of it. What were you making a decade ago? Could you survive on that today? From the article, "People need to make more than $10 per hour to take care of a household of two or three people, (Arkansas Foodbank chief executive Rhonda Sanders) said."
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Walmart took the right move to at least move their employees closer to this number, but more need to do the same. As the article stated, most of the low income jobs are in agriculture where the work is hard and long. Of course, this has been filled by undocumented immigrants in most cases where employers could hide the low wages. If those workers are deported, it will not improve the situation since unemployment is so low.
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In Texas, employers are worried immigration crackdowns will result in worker shortages that could stifle any chance of continued growth or expansion. Many of these workers are in small businesses such as landscaping or food service. So all the economic talk of Republicans is about as short-sighted as they come. The bottom line is we need a more long-game strategy on our economy and not a "feel good" approach that doesn't really consider all the factors.
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It is time to raise the federal minimum wage.

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