Fifty-nine percent of the occupations in Mecklenburg County pay average wages below $35,000. Some people make below that at minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, about $14,500 a year. Other cities around the state have enacted some form of living wage for their residents, but not Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Why not? What does the N.C. Justice Center define as a living income standard? We learn that and more.
Carol Hardison - Chief Executive Officer at Crisis Assistance Ministry
Delores Hurt - Co-Chair, Study Group on a Living Wage with the League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Alexandra Forter Sirota - Director of the Budget & Tax Center at the North Carolina Justice Center
Lindsey Ware – member of N.C. Raise Up; fast food worker with 5 years experience