Photographic knicknacks: Even if you make $11 an hour and work full time (40 hours), your annual income would be below the poverty line ($23,050)...
Wait.. what poverty line are they talking about? Because currently in Michigan, the poverty line for a single person-household is $11,170/year. Actually, that’s the poverty line for the 48 contiguous states.
Also, $11/hour x 40 hours/week x 52 weeks/year = $22,880…
At my last job, a few months before I quit, I got bumped from $11.25/hr at 30hr/week to $25k salary (no benefits). It was the worst thing that could have happened to me at the time, and not just because I was doing more than twice the work for only a few thousand dollars a year more & couldn’t collect overtime. I lost my “community health plan” (*ahem* medicaid) but the health insurance that I had to buy to make up for the missing medicaid cost more than my salary increase.
In the end I was taking home less money than I would have if I had declined the raise & getting worse health benefits. After about 5 months & 3 insurance premium hikes, I couldn’t afford it anymore and had to let my health insurance plan expire.
I was uninsured, with an untreated chronic pain condition for about 8 months before I could find another job with paid benefits. I bought my pain meds illegally & rationed them for times that I couldn’t afford to be sick. All because of a raise. Something I should have been able to celebrate.
God bless America, right?