I’m a single father and I only make $12 an hour; I had to take a second job at a grocery store to make ends meet. But even though I work seven days a week – putting in 70 hours between my two jobs – I can’t manage to pay the rent, buy school supplies for my kids or even put food on the table. I hate to admit it, but I have to use food stamps so that my kids don’t go to bed hungry.
Agreed that $12 an hour ain’t great, it’s about half mean wages for the US as a whole (and lower than that for DC). However, at 70 hours a week (and the second job won’t pay much less than that, DC’s minimum is above the Federal one) is $840 a week, or nearly $44,000 a year. Or, umm, about median income for DC. And, assuming two kids (he doesn’t say, so some assumption necessary) near twice the food stamp eligibility level of $25,000 or so for a family of that size.
It’s simply not possible for what he’s telling us to be true.
Update. 5 kids (see comments)….and he’s blaming Compass for not paying him enough?
Update: BTW, $36k a year puts him in the global 1%…..