Hamilton Nolan points to two reports that say that we are all basically subsidizing the fast food industry corporations to the tune of about $7 billion per year. McDonalds alone costs us $1.2 billion. How?
Because by paying their workers so little, they force them to go to public assistance programs just in order to make ends meet. 52% of front-line fast food workers are enrolled in one or more public assistance programs compared to 25% of the total labor workforce.
The number of people working full-time yet do not earn enough to live on is a scandal. This is why it is essential to raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour as the fast food workers are demanding.