If you make minimum wage, you have to work a lot of hours to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition using data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Last night, Ed showed the NLIHC's excellent chart during a segment on the GOP war on the working poor.
It shows how many hours you have to work per week in each state to earn rent for a two bedroom apartment.
In Texas, it's 88 hours. In Florida, it's 97 hours. In Virginia, it's 112 hours, on and on.
All this makes us long for the return of Jimmy McMillan, a former candidate for governor of New York for the Rent Is Too Damn High Party.
While the problem is not funny, of course, his sense of humor certainly brought much-needed attention to the problem:
First came the debate, then the appearance on The Last Word, then the spoof on Saturday Night Live. Now, New York gubernatorial candidate Jimmy "Rent is Too High" McMillan returns to the show.
How many minimum wage hours does it take to afford a two-bedroom apartment in your state?