Closer Look: Paycheck to Paycheck — The Minimum Wage

Today’s special edition of “Closer Look” focuses on the minimum wage in Georgia and across the country.  This map represents the hourly wage that a household must earn (working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year) in order to afford the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom rental unit, without paying more than 30% of their income, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition
Today’s special edition of “Closer Look” focuses on the minimum wage in Georgia and across the country. This map represents the hourly wage that a household must earn (working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year) in order to afford the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom rental unit, without paying more than 30% of their income, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition
Credit Courtesy of the National Low Income Housing Coalition

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

Today’s special edition of “Closer Look” focuses on the minimum wage in Georgia and across the country, as part of our “Paycheck to Paycheck” series.

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how today marks the centennial birth of Nelson Mandela. And, on this day, we revisit a conversation Rose had recently with Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela. He’s authored a new book, “Going to the Mountain, Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela.”
  • 8:15: A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that nowhere in the country can a minimum wage earner afford a two-bedroom apartment. In Georgia, the report says a worker would need to make $17.53 an hour to meet that need. We talk about the study and its implications with Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
  • 22:39: The debate over raising the minimum wage has many sides. While many workers say a wage increase would improve their quality of life, business and restaurant owners argue it would lead to negative consequences. We explore that perspective with Karen Bremer, CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association, and Federico Castellucci, president of Castellucci Hospitality Group.
  • 51:25: The current federal minimum wage is $7.25, and Georgia’s state minimum wage is $5.15. In a city like Atlanta, where there are growing expenses in rent, property taxes, and other basic needs, what is it like to live off of this kind of income? We hear from three local workers, who make or have made close to the minimum wage, about their experiences. We’re joined by Jorel, Nafeesah, and Deidre.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.