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VIDEO: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:57

Food stamps turns 50 this year. Since the program was written in to law, it's become one of those government programs that gets a lot of attention from politicians on both the left and the right -- especially recently. 

The program has been growing furiously in the past 15 years. In fact, one in seven Americans is on food stamps today. That's more than twice what the rate was in 2000. Some of that can be explained by changing eligibility requirements and job-losses during the recession. But the fastest growing group of food stamp participants in the last few decades are people who have jobs and work full year-round.

In our series on The Secret Life of a Food Stamp, Marketplace Wealth & Poverty Desk reporter Krissy Clark reports on how big retail chains that employ these workers also themselves take in tens of billions of dollars in food stamps.

In this video, produced by our series partner Slate, we estimate how much more Wal-Mart might have to charge for some products, if it raised wages high enough that a typical worker earned too much to qualify for food stamps.

Note: Eligibility for food stamps varies according to income, number of dependents and other factors. This estimate of Walmart's potential cost from raising wages is based on wages for a Walmart employee with one dependent working 30 hours a week, a typical retail worker based on federal data.

VIDEO: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:57

Food stamps turns 50 this year. Since the program was written in to law, it's become one of those government programs that gets a lot of attention from politicians on both the left and the right -- especially recently. 

The program has been growing furiously in the past 15 years. In fact, one in seven Americans is on food stamps today. That's more than twice what the rate was in 2000. Some of that can be explained by changing eligibility requirements and job-losses during the recession. But the fastest growing group of food stamp participants in the last few decades are people who have jobs and work full year-round.

In our series on The Secret Life of a Food Stamp, Marketplace Wealth & Poverty Desk reporter Krissy Clark reports on how big retail chains that employ these workers also themselves take in tens of billions of dollars in food stamps.

In this video, produced by our series partner Slate, we estimate how much more Wal-Mart might have to charge for some products, if it raised wages high enough that a typical worker earned too much to qualify for food stamps.

Note: Eligibility for food stamps varies according to income, number of dependents and other factors. This estimate of Walmart's potential cost from raising wages is based on wages for a Walmart employee with one dependent working 30 hours a week, a typical retail worker based on federal data.

Nigeria ex-bank chief wins damages

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:37
A Nigerian court awards about $300,000 (£180,000) in damages to suspended central bank chief Lamido Sanusi after he files a harassment case against the government.

VIDEO: Flats to be blown up live for Games

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:34
Five high rise flats which have been part of Glasgow's skyline for almost 50 years will be blown up as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

No expansion for badger culling

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:32
The government has said it will not expand badger culling to other areas this year to reduce TB in cattle.

Indonesian maid spared Saudi death

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:32
A campaign in Indonesia, with help from the government, has raised enough money to prevent an Indonesian maid being executed in Saudi Arabia.

Woman dies in two vehicle crash

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:31
The person who died in a two-vehicle crash in Kilrea, County Londonderry, was 23-year-old Leanne Dripps.

First look at reversible USB cable

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:26
A new design for USB - the standardised connection for data transfers between electronic devices - has been shown off for the first time.

VIDEO: Miller sorry after expenses inquiry

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:09
Culture Secretary Maria Miller has apologised to MPs after a parliamentary watchdog found she broke the ministerial code for failing to co-operate fully with an inquiry into her expenses.

VIDEO: Nurseries 'not preparing children'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:05
Too many nurseries are failing to ensure children are ready to learn when they get to primary school, Ofsted's chief inspector has said.

Day in pictures: 3 April 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:01
News photos from past 24 hours: 3 April

The people who think Noah had albinism

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:01
The people who think that Noah had albinism

Forest confirm Pearce as manager

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:00
Stuart Pearce is confirmed as the new Nottingham Forest manager and will take over from caretaker boss Gary Brazil on 1 July.
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