Medical costs are too high in Texas for anyone to afford with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. With a minimum wage of $9.25 an hour, minimum wage workers will be able to afford medical costs. The estimated monthly medical cost for a minimum wage worker is $131 and for a minimum wage worker supporting a family it is $488 (living wage calculator). The NCCI compares the medical costs in Texas with the national average, they say “medical costs are forty-nine percent higher in Texas than the national average”. The minimum wage in Texas should be raised so people can afford these prices.
The average monthly gasoline bill in Texas is too high for a minimum wage worker who owns a car. With a minimum wage of $9.25 an hour