On low wages, barriers to betterment are many

On low wages, barriers to betterment are many

Living paycheck to paycheck prevents many from take steps to improve their lot
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Flor Rodriguez, a single mother of two, works 48 to 60 hours a week as general manager of Burger King in Durango. One of her dreams was to pursue an education, but she started working right away and now doesn’t have the time or money to pursue GED classes. Here, she hands change to Justin Wilson.
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Flor Rodriguez, daughter Britney Jaques-Rodriguez and son Andy Rodriguez enjoy a moment of relaxation at the end of the workday. Rodriguez would like to get a different job that allows her to spend more time with her children, but says her options are few because she lacks a high school degree.
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Flor Rodriguez arrives home with her daughter, Britney Jaques-Rodriguez, 22 months, after leaving her job as general manager of Burger King. Without a high school diploma, Rodriguez’s opportunities for advancement are limited.
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“The money goes fast,” said Abel Garcia, who works for $4.76 plus tips five evenings a week at Christina’s Grill & Bar. He had aspirations to become a mechanical engineer, “but not anymore,” Garcia said.
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Through snow-covered streets, Sallie Collom walks toward north Main Avenue on her way to work at a fast food restaurant. Collom works two jobs to cover her bills. She wants to pursue a career in crime-scene investigation, but said she knows that “unless I get an education, I’m going nowhere.”
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Small room for error



Flor Rodriguez’s budget

Average earning per Month: $2,600

Expenses per month:



$275 for child care

$1,649 for bills and food

$530 rent to park her mobile home



Total: $2,454

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