The Wall St Journal | 12 April 2017 09:10:10 Federal officials are weighing a proposal to pay workers in the disability and human resources sectors a basic minimum wage of $11 an hour in an effort to improve their lives and reduce the unemployment rate.
The proposal, expected to be announced Tuesday by the federal Employment and Training Administration, is one of several proposals being considered to help boost the employment and economic security of low-wage workers.
Workers in the public sector are often paid a wage of between $7.25 and $11 a day, and federal officials say it is essential that employers provide workers with an income that supports their basic needs.
A federal government study released this month found that some workers in low-skilled jobs make $12.73 to $15.24 an hour, a significant gap between their wages and the national median wage.
The federal government, however, has no official measure of the cost of living for the average worker, and many workers don’t report their wages, said Jason Shibley, senior vice president for economic development at the National Employment Law Project, which advocates for workers.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently released a report finding that many workers in public and private sector jobs have a negative net worth and a negative credit rating, making them vulnerable to losing their jobs.
The Dallas report found that more than three in four workers had less than $2,000 in savings and about half were under the age of 25.
The wage proposal, which is being backed by the U.S. Department of Labor, would help alleviate some of the financial stress faced by low-income workers, Shibleys said.
The measure would pay workers at least $10.20 an hour.
It would be paid to people with disabilities who are on disability-related programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Supplemental Medical Insurance Program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
A total of 3.5 million people in the U,S.
have a disability-based payment.
Under the proposal, a worker would receive a basic salary that would be sufficient to support their expenses and be subject to a 2.5 percent payroll tax.
Workers could also be eligible for the federal Supplemental Security Income program, which provides financial assistance to low- and moderate-income Americans.
The plan also would pay for housing, transportation and health care for workers who are part of programs that provide income to those who are disabled.
The proposed proposal would also pay for a minimum wage increase for workers earning less than that level, according to a Department of Agriculture official, who requested anonymity because the proposal is still being finalized.
The official, however: The proposal is in the works and will be reviewed in advance.
“It is important that the proposal addresses the needs of people who are in poverty and would benefit the most from it,” the official said.
But the official also said that a proposal would be in place for workers in certain occupations and for certain sectors of the economy that rely heavily on the work of the disabled.
In addition to a wage increase, the plan would give federal assistance to workers who work part-time and receive no pay.
The unemployment rate for people with a disability is 2.8 percent, according a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But many people with an impairment cannot work and have trouble earning a living, especially in manufacturing and construction, where the cost and the stigma of being disabled can make it difficult for people to find work.
And the U-shaped unemployment curve, which shows how much workers with disabilities are out of work, can be a barrier to gaining employment.
Shibleyk said it would be beneficial to the economy to have a basic wage increase.
“People who are struggling are going to be less able to secure the kind of jobs that are in their future,” he said.
Federal programs have helped some workers with a variety of disabilities.
The Supplemental Nutrition Program, or SNAP, for example, helps low- to moderate-wage families pay rent, utilities and food costs.
SNAP has helped more than 9 million people to pay for groceries, rent, mortgage payments and other expenses.
The program also helps people with other expenses like rent, gas and medical expenses.
In general, the disability-adjusted gross income of the U has been rising, according the BLS.
In 2017, about one in five Americans had a disability, the most recent year for which data are available.
Shiver and others have long called for a basic income to help the disabled find employment and keep their dignity.
They also say that the federal government has missed an opportunity to provide these benefits to workers with certain disabilities.
Last month, Congress approved a $1.3 trillion spending package that includes $8 billion for disability programs, $1 billion for veterans, $300 million for Pell Grants for low-cost students and $1 trillion for programs to help