THE WELFARE CLIFF: WHY MANY LOW-INCOME WORKERS WILL NEVER OVERCOME POVERTY

THE WELFARE CLIFF: WHY MANY LOW-INCOME WORKERS WILL NEVER OVERCOME POVERTY

baetjer  By Howard Baetjer

Pretend you are a poor, single parent of two in Chicago, earning $12 an hour, working full time, and determined to do what is best for your family. And suppose your employer, impressed with your work, offers you training for and promotion to a new job paying $15. Should you take the offer?

It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s not.
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