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“Right now, our policies do not just allow, but promote, destitution.”

President Joe Biden recently told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell that he doesn’t believe the $15 minimum wage will be included in the final $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, but he plans to continue pushing for it in a standalone bill. A new report published by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that a $15 minimum wage hike would lift 900,000 people out of poverty while costing roughly 1.4 million jobs by 2025. The tradeoff has sparked a heated debate, but not all agree whether it’s the right issue to focus on. As Annie Lowrey

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