Hundreds of Georgia police officers qualify for food stamps, study shows https://t.co/9YT7kbv67R— LiberalTexasDem (@LiberalTexasDem) August 3, 2017
Because, you know, get a job!
Around 1,600 police officers and another 1,600 correctional officers, jailers and bailiffs are paid low enough wages to qualify for food stamps, a study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found. The average hourly wage for a police officer in Georgia was $19.73, below the average occupational wage of $22.38, the study found. The hourly wage for a police officer in Columbus is $18.90 with a high school diploma and up to $20.53 with a master’s degree, according to the Columbus Police Department website. ADVERTISING “Millions of Americans work in jobs with low pay. For example, a recent analysis found that up to 30 percent of Americans work in jobs with pay that would barely lift a family above the poverty line, even if they were working full-time, year-round,” wrote the study’s authors. Gov. Nathan Deal gave state-level law enforcement officers a 20 percent pay raise earlier this year, but some local officers felt it didn’t do enough to address their own issues with low pay.
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