‘2 separate economies’ in CA leads to senator’s call for living wage

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“When you start losing people because they're working really hard, but they can't live here, something's fundamentally wrong,” says State Senator Steve Padilla of California’s recent record population losses. Photo by Shutterstock.

Senator Steve Padilla’s SB 253 requires officials to calculate how much people need to earn to pay for basic needs in each California county.  

At two ICE facilities in California, detainees are on a hunger strike. They earn a dollar a day for eight-hour work shifts. 

Each year, kids in foster care and from low-income backgrounds receive free new dresses and suits for prom from the nonprofit Glamour Gowns Suit Up (GGSU).