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Study: Taxpayers Foot Bill for Low-Wage, Fast-Food Jobs

That burger you picked up at the fast-food restaurant may be cheap, but that low price could come at a high cost to taxpayers. More than half of the fast-food workers in the United States receive some kind of public assistance at a cost of nearly $7 billion annually to taxpayers, according to a report by the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education. “The taxpayer costs we discovered were staggering,” said Ken Jacobs, chair of UC Berkeley’s Center for ...

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