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Sample Letter to the Editor
To the Editor:
The July 24 raise in the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour, the last of three such
increases enacted by Congress in 2007, will help millions of workers cope with the rising
price of food, housing, and other basic items. The extra earnings of up to $28 per week
could help pay for health care or school supplies, but it won’t get many people out of
poverty.
Do the math: according to the latest Census Bureau statistics, the official poverty
threshold for a family of three is an annual income of $17,346, yet someone who works a
full-time minimum wage job at $7.25 per hour earns only $15,080 per year. Moreover,
research shows that families need to earn more than double the official poverty line to
meet their actual basic needs.