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Affording Rent on $11/hr Minimum Wage

A minimum wage worker earning $11 per hour would need to work 80 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental at Fair Market Rent in Massachusetts.

Source: The National Low Income Housing Coalition

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Food Insecurity

10.3% of Massachusetts households—approximately 726,000 adults and children—are food insecure.

Source: USDA-ERA 2016 Household Food Insecurity Report (released Sept 2017)

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Full time workers should earn a living wage

In 2011, 46% of fast-food workers in Massachusetts relied on $173 million in aid (SNAP, Medicaid and EITC) to meet basic expenses every month.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

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Households on SNAP

As of September 2017, there were 442,934 Massachusetts households participating in SNAP. 

Source: MA Department of Transitional Assistance

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Minimum Wage

If Massachusetts increased its minimum wage to $15 per hour, 18,000 households would no longer be food insecure. This represents a 7% reduction in food insecurity in the Commonwealth.

Source: The Century Foundation

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SNAP Benefits

SNAP benefits provide food insecure people with increased buying power at the grocery store. SNAP also boosts local economies. Research shows that $1 of SNAP benefits actually generates $1.70 of economic activity in a community.

Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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Who Makes a Minimum Wage

It is a common misconception that most minimum wage earners are teenagers. In facet, the average of a minimum wage worker is 36 years old. More than 1 in 4 minimum wage earners are parents.

Source: Economic Policy Institute

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