POSTED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 3:33pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 12:42pm
HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Nationwide, thousands of fast-food industry workers protested for what they call a living wage.
Many of the workers make less than $9 an hour and want to see a raise to $15 an hour. Locally, there was no sign of a protest. But it's certainly much easier to live here than New York City, where it's estimated the average rent is north of $3,000 a month.
"They don't take into account the fact that the cost of living is so low here in the Valley, so you would rather be poor, according to these statistics, in the Valley than to be in New York or San Francisco," said Alberto Davila, the economics chair at the University of Texas-Pan American. "The pinch is probably felt much more in high cost of living areas than here in the Valley."
Most economists say raising wages will almost certainly lead to higher costs for customers.