And a cell phone is a MUST HAVE today, most employers require it. $15 for the phone, $35 month unlimited plan. So yes a cell phone is affordable.
And my AC in PHOENIX only cost (at my last place) $35 month (AC only). so agian wrong.
But no you cant live on it, you have to have special no market, low cost bills and housing.
In very few areas of the country can even a single person live on minimum wage. Minimum wage is 7.25 an hr most min wage workers are part time very few are full time. Employers dont want the costs for hiring full time so they hire for less than 30 hrs.
Lets assume all work 40 hrs that comes to gross 290.00 less social security, fed tax and unemployment insurance...lets for argument sake say they bring him 240.00 a week...you can rent a furnished room in most of the state of NY and NJ, Conn and Id bet all of California and many other states...then buy food pay a bill or two and pay for transportation and an occaisional hair cut..
You cant live on min wage, you cant live on social security...the average ss check is starting in 2012 is 1232.00 per month...you cant rent an apt in the northeast for that..and pay utils.
I think most here know the economic perils of raising minumum wage so I wont go into it.
I guess faced with such an existance why would anyone chose NOT to better theirseves and earn higher ?
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice....shame on me.
Could I now? No, I have a family, minimum wage was never intended to be enough to provide for a family. Back when I was living with my parents and they were covering most of my expenses, I did just fine on minimum wage. That's what it's for, providing a job to learn work skills and a work ethic before you move up. Anyone who has a family and tries to live on it is a moron.