Bronx residents struggle to pay bills earning minimum wage

Many Bronx residents have a hard time paying bills earning minimum wage.

Katherine Smith used to work at Kentucky Fried Chicken for minimum wage, which is $5.15 an hour. She said by the time she paid her bills there was nothing left over.

For years, advocates have lobbied to get the minimum wage increased but have failed. One group is once again putting pressure on state lawmakers to make a change.

But for people like Renu Gupta, who owns a deli in Soundview, increasing minimum wage would hurt her business. She says she would not be able to pay her employees more.

Advocates say there is a misconception that people working for minimum wage are teens, but instead many are over the age of 25 and are the breadwinners of their families.

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