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Austin Could Support Raising Minimum Wage On Thursday

Updated: Thursday, April 10 2014, 07:26 AM CDT

On Thursday, Austin City Council will consider throwing their support behind raising the minimum wage. The city joins a national conversation spearheaded by President Obama that has led to the minimum wage being raised to more than $10 in two states recently.

Nearly one in five Austinites lives below the poverty level. The minimum wage in Austin is $7.25, though the city pays its full time employees $11 an hour. Now some council members hope to level the playing field.

On Thursday Austin City Council members will look at officially supporting laws in the 2015 Texas legislative session that would increase the statewide minimum wages or give local governments the power to raise it themselves. They'll vote to approve raising it if they get the option. According to an MIT study, single adults in Austin need to make $8.60 an hour to have a living wage. For a single adult with a child that amount climbs to $19.56 per hour. MIT says a household with two adults and two children needs $19.85 per hour.

Austin City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

Austin Could Support Raising Minimum Wage On Thursday

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