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Higher Wages, Fewer Benefits

Nellie Ramon, Outreach Coordinator with the High Plains Food Bank Nellie Ramon, Outreach Coordinator with the High Plains Food Bank

Amarillo, TX--It all comes down to $123 dollars a month. That's how much more a minimum wage worker will earn with the federal increase. But this additional income could put them above the federal requirements to receive certain welfare-related assistance.

For instance, a single person receiving food stamps must gross a $1,127 a month to qualify. But according to the Texas Health and Human Services' calculations, the federal minimum wage increase would put them just under $1,300; thus affecting their eligibility for other programs.

"More than likely it's going to be the welfare program, which is your TANIF, which is cash assistance for needy families and those are for single parents," explained Nellie Ramon, outreach coordinator with the High Plains Food Bank.

Ramon says single people would be the most affected by this change as they make up nearly 40 percent of those who request assistance.

If you fear you could lose out on benefits as your wages increase, click here for a list of community programs that assist people facing financial hardships.

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