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Why the minimum wage is a gender issue : The Week

States with higher minimum wages typically have lower gender wage gaps and vice versa, according to a new study released Wednesday by the National Women’s Law Center.

Using Census data, the NWLC found that of the 10 states — including Washington, D.C. — with the slimmest disparities between men’s and women’s earnings, seven had minimum wages set above the federally mandated floor of $7.25-per-hour.

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Minimum wage must increase, Iowa panelists say : Des Moines Register

Romain Turner has been out of prison for five months and has run up a $1,800 tab for rent at the halfway house on the former grounds of Fort Des Moines while looking for work.

The 33-year-old Des Moines native said he wants to live a law-abiding life after a criminal history that includes a burglary conviction two years ago. He is trying to figure out how he’s going to pay that new debt off, along with $300 in court fees, $2,000 in victim restitution, child support and rent once he lands a minimum-wage job.

“I just want a chance, but it’s really impossible to make ends meet at $7.25 an hour,” he said. “At $9 an hour I’d have a shot. I’d have a chance to look up every once in a while.”

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Low-wage workers seek Obama’s help : The Washington Post

Federal contractors range from the wealthy to the barely paid.

This week the Obama administration plans to ask Congress to amend the law so the government will not have to reimburse companies almost $1 million for the salaries of individual executives who work on government projects.

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D.C. worst for minimum wage earners : Washington Business Journal

The wage gap between minimum wage earners and the general population is wider in the District than in any of the 50 states.

Bloomberg data shows D.C.’s minimum wage of $8.25 per hour is the third-highest minimum wage in the nation but is just 22.24 percent of D.C.’s hourly per capita personal income of $37.09.

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One Walmart’s Low Wages Could Cost Taxpayers $900,000 Per Year, House Dems Find : Huffington Post

Walmart wages are so low that many of its workers rely on food stamps and other government aid programs to fulfill their basic needs, a reality that could cost taxpayers as much as $900,000 at just one Walmart Supercenter in Wisconsin, according to a study released by Congressional Democrats on Thursday.

Though the study assumes that most workers who qualify for the public assistance programs do take advantage of them, it injects a potent data point into a national debate about the minimum wage at a time when many Walmart and fast food workers are mounting strikes in pursuit of higher wages.

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Costco’s Profit Soars To $459 Million As Low-Wage Competitors Struggle : Huffington Post

At a time when other retailers are struggling to get people into stores, Costco is enjoying a moment in the sun.

The big box giant’s profit jumped 19 percent to $459 million last quarter, thanks in part to the company’s efforts to offer discounts to lure more members, according to Bloomberg. The company was able to offer those discounts and boost its profits while paying its workers a decent wage, a claim many of Costco’s competitors can’t make.

Nor can Costco’s competitors claim growth quite like the wholesale retailer. Walmart’s sales suffered last quarter as shoppers struggled with a delay in their tax refund checks and a payroll tax hike. The company’s Sam’s Club unit, which is comparable to Costco, contended with similar obstacles in 2012.

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