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Minimum wage boost helps few [Letter]
Regarding Adam Schneider's recent commentary ("Supplement charity with advocacy," Dec. 1), raising the minimum wage should not be used as a solution to assist the less fortunate. There are misleading statistical errors in Mr. Schneider's claim that no minimum wage worker can afford an efficiency apartment unit. His claim directly conflicts with data provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showing that at least eight counties in Maryland contain fair market rent efficiency units affordable to minimum wage earners working 25 hours a week or less. These FMR efficiency units are affordable yet do not solve the widespread economic suffering.
December 5, 2013