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    According to Universal Living Wage, the living wage in the New York Metropolitan Area is about $24/hour. Unfortunately, these companies have a long way to go to get their workers off public assistance.

    If Republicans want to cut "entitlements", the easiest way to do that is to raise the minimum wage so that it reflects what it takes to live on. Then people won't need public assistance and the amount the government spends to help the poor will decline. There is a very simple tradeoff between paying people adequately and government spending.

    We need to make that clear in the budget battle: If you want spending cuts then do it the legitimate way, by increasing the minimum wage.

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