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Fast-Food Wages Come With a $7 Billion Side of Public Assistance

Fast-Food Wages Come With a $7 Billion Side of Public Assistance
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3pm Oct. 15: Updates to include comment from McDonald’s.

Talking about salaries, that fundamental measure of what someone’s labor is worth by someone else’s calculation, is usually fraught. Talking about the minimum wage is often harder, especially because low-paying service jobs tend to be more readily available these days than alternative occupations.