Consumer Confidential: Many Fast Food Workers on Food Stamps

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More than half of families of fast food workers receive some sort of public assistance, costing the nation $7 billion a year, according to a new report distributed by a group that has been pushing for union representation and higher wages for fast food workers.

Fast food workers earn an average of $8.69 an hour, and often work fewer than 40 hours a week, qualifying them for food stamps, Medicaid and tax credits, according to the report, written by economists at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Even before it was released publicly, the report raised the ire of some conservative groups that said it used faulty methodology to prove a point.

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