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October 6, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Affording child care on a minimum wage

WORKFORCE/DISTRICT
A new report from the Economic Policy Institute examines child-care costs for minimum-wage earners in each state. For many, the costs associated with full-time infant care are beyond burdensome. (WaPo, 10/6)

Such workers in New York and Massachusetts would have to fork over more than 80 percent of their annual earnings, according to the findings, published Tuesday. In Washington, D.C., they’d need to throw in everything — plus extra: 102 percent of a minimum-wage salary is required to cover the average annual cost of infant care.

This reality leaves few options for families with sparse financial resources and inflexible work schedules, said Elise Gould, senior economist at EPI, who co-wrote the study. Even if a parent qualifies for child-care subsidies, waiting lists in some states can stretch long enough for her to lose a job or leave a child in a risky arrangement.

– Under a new measure introduced today, and supported by a majority of the D.C. Council, the District would have “the most generous” family leave plan in the U.S. (WaPo, 10/6)

PHILANTHROPY | As mass shootings continue to rattle the nation, WRAG president Tamara Copeland asks whether philanthropy will take the lead on tackling what has become an urgent public health problem in America, as it has done successfully in the past. (Daily, 10/6)

POVERTY/VIRGINIAIn this series, WAMU takes a look at the ways Virginia’s car-title loan industry has lured and trapped many low-income individuals in the region into a continuous cycle of debt. (WAMU, 10/5)

YOUTH | Following an op-ed in which a columnist challenged D.C. officials to place more emphasis on preventing juvenile crime in the city, Washington City Paper takes a look at a recent analysis that actually finds youth arrests at their lowest level in a decade last year. (WCP, 10/5)


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