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Khanoisseur 🐶🤦🏻‍♂️🌎+ Your Authors @Khanoisseur Nonpartisan fact-checks + “frustratingly accurate” analysis of news (+🐶 pics). *Turn notifications on* Stuff @Google @Twitter @Facebook @Tesla @Audi Jul. 03, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Minimum wage for workers in Illinois as of July 1 “bumps” up pay to $10-$14/hour = $8-$12 in 2010 wages — hardly progress and more of a psychological trick played on workers. Per BLS consumer price index, prices in 2020 are 17.58% higher than average prices since 2010.

In “business friendly states” like Florida and Texas, where coronavirus cases are soaring, hourly minimum wage is stuck at $8.56 and $7.25, respectively. This is what workers on the frontlines of the pandemic are paid for risking their lives — many won’t get health coverage.

Last month, in a victory for “pro-business” conservatives, the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court rejected Austin’s bid to revive sick leave rules. The Austin City Council had passed the ordinance in 2018 and required employers to provide paid sick leave. 

Texas has the largest number of people without health insurance in the nation. Texas is also home to the largest number of workers without paid sick leave. Not a surprise that coronavirus cases there are setting new records.

But poverty+lack of access to healthcare alone doesn’t explain why Texas and Florida are in such a mess with coronavirus surge today — the case of Vietnam illustrates that competent officials combined with low obesity rates in population can make a huge difference in outcomes.

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