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Minimum Wage, Living Wage, and the Working Poor


On January 1st, Ohio’s minimum wage increased by a dime to seven dollars and ninety-five cents per hour. Ohio is among a handful of states that have set their minimum wage level higher than the federal minimum. But many still are critical because they question whether minimum wage is a living wage. Still others question the idea of a minimum wage altogether. Coming up, we’ll talk about the the pros and cons of the minimum wage and its relationship to a living wage, whether they are the same thing or a case of never the twain shall meet.


  • Amy Glasmeier, Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio
  • Greg R. Lawson, Statehouse Liaison and Policy Analyst at the Buckeye Institute