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The President's House Is Empty

Bonnie Honig Boston Review
In November Donald Trump announced that his family will not live in the White House when he is inaugurated. Trump's announcement has implications for all of us. Who will pay for the security required for Trump's New York-based family? Who will bear the costs of the disruptions caused by frequent presidential flights to and from New York, not to mention the motorcades in and out of midtown Manhattan? The answer is: taxpayers or, as we used to be called, the public.

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Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry

Talking Union
“The taxpayer costs we discovered were staggering,” said Ken Jacobs, chair of UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education and coauthor of a report about the cost of the low-wage fast-food industry to U.S. taxpayers. “People who work in fast-food jobs are paid so little that having to rely on public assistance is the rule, rather than the exception, even for those working 40 hours or more a week.” Fast food is a $200 billion-a-year industry.
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