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Children of working poor

I am a Head start teacher, working with children and families for four years. Although i am not a minimum wage earner, i joke about how now that I am a lead teacher I am finally back to earning what I earned 10 years ago.

Many of our families have come ...

—MarianneIL

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We make twice the minimum wage, yet can barely afford basic needs - we just get the bills paid with rarely anything extra - retirement and insurance take a third of our income alone - we don't go to the doctor like we should, although we both suffer with ...
—MaryOH

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The key to the wage issue is to bring the cost of products and services down. Inflation works for the rich and that is why it exists. If they don't want to pay higher wages then they should make things affordable on the present wage. Henry Ford knew what ...
—Trina

Retirement income based on earnings

I made $100 a week at one of my early jobs in the 1960s. Although I had a master's degree, some of my other early positions occurred before any effort was made to give women and men equal pay for equal work. After reaching age 65, all I could find was ...
—LuAnneWI

no one working should be in poverty

In the 90's when I was raising my two sons as a single parent, I had 2 or 3 jobs at minimum wage and we barely were able to make it. Now, I would not be able to even get 1 job in this messed up economy. I had to get public assistance from time to time ...
—christyWA

we need more food stamps

there have been a few moments were I ran out of food stamps in the past… I am attending school full time and I am raising my daughter on my own, so I am grateful to have governmental assistance to buy food at this point in my life but we need more help!! ...
—Deborah

My Mom

My mom barely lived on minimum wages and when I was young from birth to when I was 9 me and my mom had lived with my grandma so we can have a roof over our heads because she had to make sure she had money to get gas and stuff that we needed. She helped ...
—TaraWA

White collar minimum wage

After returning to the United States from Europe where I attended graduate school, the only work I could get was adjunct teaching at universities. After marrying (my husband was a carpenter and did not get benefits), we had two children. I was able to ...
—ElizabethCA

It is not about me

I am a fortunate person and was lucky enough to have received a great education which allowed me to have decent jobs. I am concerned about the minimum wage issue because I believe we should care for the fate of our fellow Americans. It breaks my heart ...
—OdiliaTX

Single and getting nowhere

Back when I worked for minimum wage, I was single and had no children. Every single evening, I would spend at least an hour, sometimes two, going over each of my receipts from the day, if any, carefully calculating how much money I had left until next ...
—ColleenAZ

Not Enough

My first job as a teenager was for minimum wage at 3.85. Today I work as a reservist in the Coast Guard. The flexibility of my job allows me to tend to all of the medical appointments of my kids. My spouse serves on active duty, leaving me to do all the ...
—ErinVA

Less Fortunate

All Americans should be given a living wage that will support them and there families in a meaningful, nutritious, healthy home living, gratuitous life!
—russellWI

HOW CAN I ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM ON A VERY LOW WAGE???

BUYING A HOME, ADOPTING A CHILD, A ONCE A YEAR VACATION, QUALITY AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, SAVINGS FOR FUTURE AND RETIREMENT AND OTHER DREAMS ARE STUCK IN THE DREAM LIST DUE TO MINIMUM WAGE. THIS IS THE AMERICAN DREAM OF THE 98% NOT THE 2% AND WE'RE IN AMERICA. ...
—NIL

low wages

I work in maintenance . I am union so I make much more than the other workers in the building. But I hear them," I can't stay because I have to get the car back so Mom and Dad can use it to go to work" "Officer I did send the registration in,may be ...
—LoisCT

Medicare Matters to us grandmas!

I would never have been able to have 3 joints replaced if it weren't for Medicare. That is the one saving factor of getting older! I'll fight for it to stay as it is, or get better, but not ruined by those who really don't understand or care.
—NancyTX

A Good Nights Sleep

Thanks to the changes already in place with the new healthcare law, I can provide healthcare for my 23 year old daughter who is still in school and not employed.
—MaryTX

Texas Teachers Need More

I was an adjunct professor for over five years and taught a full load without blinking an eye. I was proud of my academic credentials and invested a lot of time and money to gain my credentials required to teach at the university level. By year six, I ...
—MarinaTX

As a mom, I am saddened

I am extremely lucky. I don't have a minimum wage job. I do not have worry about how I will feed or take care of my children. I cannot imagine how that would feel. These incredibly hardworking people deserve better. As a country we should be ashamed ...
—TaraNY

Let's do what is Right

I have all the classic characteristics of a one of your Republican constituents.....68 year Old White male Texas who went to U of Tex, is an Army vet and business owner . I have been married for 45 years , have two grown children and 5 grandchildren. ...
—EricTX

Caring for a family

I have a wife who has migraines and seizures. My oldest two children are out of the house and starting out on their own. My youngest is in high school and has been diabetic since she was 7.

I am the sole breadwinner for the family.

Without the Affordable ...

—DonaldTX
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