Minimum Wage Workers in Lincoln Want More Money

By: Leah Uko

LINCOLN (KPTM) - Families wholive in Nebraska metropolitan, urban and rural areas cannot live off minimumwages. This is according to research presented Tuesday.

Voices for Children presentedfindings from their Family Bottom Line report that claimed the federal minimumwage does not provide enough money for a family to meet its basic, daily needs.

According to the U.S. CensusBureau the poverty line for a three-person household is $19,090. It is $23,050for a family of four.

Putting into factor themonthly cost of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care,miscellaneous expenses and taxes, Voices for Children found that families thatbring home minimum wage income do not earn enough to pay for monthly necessitieswithout government assistance.

According to the study, afamily of three in the metro area needs to earn $45,875 annually; a family offour needs to earn $49,223.

A family of three that livesin an urban area in Nebraska needs to bring home roughly $34,000 annually; afamily of four needs to bring home $37,694.

In a non metropolitan ruralarea in Nebraska, a family of three needs to bring home $32,561; a family offour needs to bring approximately $36,175 annually.

None of the suggested annualcosts are what a low-income family earns in a year.

Beatty Brasch with the Centerfor People in Need said she hoped state lawmakers would consider the researchand ultimately raise the minimum wage.

"You can't survive on a minimum wage job.And some of them are working two or three jobs and then if you have childrenit's very, very hard to raise a family and be a good parent and not be therewith your child.

Currently the minimum wage in Nebraska is $7.25 an hour. This isalso the current federal minimum wage.