Massachusetts

Hunger in Massachuseets: President Bush's economic model

Editorial 
Periodico Siglo 21, Apr 5 2006
Despite Massachusetts being one of the richest regions in the United States, the economic crisis is hitting it hard and thousands of people in the state are struggling and even going to bed hungry.

The last report of Hunger in Massachusetts shows that in the last few years the number of people needing assistance to get food has increased. The study reveals that almost half-million residents ask for help to the food bank of the state each year. This includes 158 thousand children and 50 thousand seniors.

The wages of poverty

Editorial 
Boston Globe, Mar 27 2006
MASSACHUSETTS is an expensive state; housing, transportation, fuel, and healthcare all drive up the cost of living. Luckily, Massachusetts is also a wealthy state; the second wealthiest in the nation, with a median income of more than $52,000, or about $25 an hour.

Unless you happen to be making the $6.75 minimum wage in Massachusetts, in which case you are not so lucky.

Bill aims to raise minimum wage; house panel seeks hike to $7.25

By John J. Monahan
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Mar 14 2006
A bill to raise the minimum wage in the state by $1 per hour over the next two years made its way out of committee yesterday and will be in line for a vote before the end of the summer.
The proposal, which was recommended by the state House Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, would boost the minimum wage from $6.75 to $7.25 starting Jan. 1, 2007, and raise it another 50 cents to $7.75 on Jan. 1, 2008.
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