Living on minimum wage in North Carolina

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- President Barack Obama called for raising the minimum wage in his State of the Union speech last month and communities across the country are having that debate.

The minimum wage in North Carolina is $7.25 per hour.

In Washington, D.C., it is set to go up to $11.50 per hour in 2016.

One community in Washington state even voted recently to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour.

In this edition of the Buckley Report, FOX8's Bob Buckley looks at what surviving on minimum wage is like and what the answer to the debate may be.


  • MarineDad

    I hope this young Lady reaches her goals in life. but where is the kids Daddy? and why does she have two kids if she has it so hard? that being said. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to her that she finds a better life!!

  • Just saying

    She’s not only has 3 jobs, she most likely pays nothing in rent, gets money for power bills, most likely gets food stamps, and kids are most likely on medicaid. All paid for by me and other working folks. At least she is working but most times the whiners don’t even work! I am sorry sweetie the decisions you made early in your life will affect you the rest of your life. marine dad she has two kids at 19 YEARS OLD. I noticed the picture said Class of 2013 and I assume thats when she graduated from high school. You say you dream of being a nurse, you can do it and one reason is you can get a free education, child care while you attend and money to live on while you get educated also. She doesn’t have it that bad. Nothing like hard work and struggle, but now days we don’t want any to struggle, everyone is entitled to everything now. Its called an entitlement mentality. People believe they are entitled to anything they want and the government must give it to them.

    • Just Asking

      And without “entitlement” help what’s the options? Build more jail cells? Build debtor’s prisons? Execute the poor? Have cardboard slums like in the third world? This is – by far – the most opulent country the world has EVER known. We are taught the poor are lazy and are expected to admire those with extreme wealth. Really? Where did that wealth come from? Greed. Where in God’s Word (which the so-called Christian’s say this nation needs to be founded upon) does the Bible condone this thought process? I know this isn’t going to be popular… but I’m just asking.

      • FaithC

        There is a difference in being poor and expecting the government to take care of everything.
        If you are working 40 to 50 hours a week and still need some help, ok. If you are working just enough hours to keep your benefits and keep having babies to get more money, then no. Once you have one child and you are on public assistance, you should receive no more money for any others you may pop out.
        Big difference in needing help and just expecting it.

  • nono

    Life is rough. The problem with youth today is that they want everything handed to them. There is such a thing as hard work to achieve your dreams. These kids start in an entry level job and expect to be making the salary of the company president. This young lady does have it rough not having a husband to help with her dilemma but, that does not negate the fact that she has to work to advance in the job force. Wow, this government is succeeding in making the youth more dependent on government handouts rather than hard work.

    • FaithC

      I agree. I knew what I wanted in life and I worked hard to get it. I got my first job at age 13 and I put myself through college. I did not pop out babies so the government could support me.
      I continued to work hard and I raised my family, (with my children’s father). I am now in a position where I work at something I love.

  • FaithC

    Does the father of these two children pay anything in support? I will assume no. If life was so hard for her with a child, why did she have another?
    She may be working 3 jobs, but it does not say how many hours she is working. Is that 40 to 50 hours combined? Or is that 8 hours for each? These girls work just enough hours to keep all their benefits. This girl gets free rent, free healthcare, free child care, food stamps, free heating and money for each child she pops out. She can get free schooling, so if she really wants to get off public assistance and have a career she needs to get herself back in school. This way the hard working middle class can stop supporting her and her children.
    Fox8 needs to revisit her in a year and see where she is and what she is doing.

  • PeteandCarrie Hutchens

    a. Minimum wage positions are not supposed to be CAREER positions
    b. If you’re broke and/or living in poverty making $7.50 an hour, getting you to $10/hour does not change that. ($10 – $7.50 = $2.50; $2.50 x 39 hours [b/c your employer has moved you to part-time thank to the ACA] = $97.50. They’d be better off with the admin removing taxes & taking other steps to get gas back to $2/gallon)
    c. Money does not magically materialize. A forced increase on the EXPENSES side of Target’s balance sheet (under the ‘Labor Costs’ column) must be offset by a corresponding increase on the other side – the REVENUES side. Guess how Target et. al. raise revenue?

  • Donnie

    Unfortunately people do not know what poor is like anymore. They think if they don’t have at least 2 flat screens, 2 cars, lots of food and the best that can be had, they are poor. Try working in tobacco fields, picking some cotton, gathering corn and all without the equipment, just mules and sleds, then tell me how pitiful you are. oh and by the way, try doing all this for nothing or maybe 25cents an hour.

    Plant a garen, harvest the garden, literally and quit your poor mouthing and begging for more, more, more.

  • l337g33k

    You have a roof over your head, energy, heat, food… I mean, that’s actually pretty good considering what POOR really is. Minimum wage jobs are not careers. People choose to have kids at early ages, people choose to not take school seriously, people choose to drop out… I could go on but it’s really pointless. Today’s mentality is to feel sorry for people who make asinine decisions in life and we are expected to give handouts.

    As usual, it will be the working middle class that gets shafted. Cost of goods and services will increase to compensate the raising of minimum wage. This is another heavy jab to small business owners after they are still dealing with fallout from the ACA.

  • mergatroyd

    I also wondered about the father(s) of those children. Bob asked only softball questions– not the tough ones. For sure, one of the very effective ways to be in long-term poverty is to have children before marriage. Why do not Rev. Barber, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton preach that message?

    • Just saying

      Cause dat dont cause a stir and get people to send them money so they don’t have to have a real job!! Only message they can preach is one of division and hate!!

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