(KMOV) -- St. Louis fast food workers fed up with low wages had the attention of city officials, local lawmakers and activists at a hearing at City Hall on Monday.
Fast food workers protesting low wages have recently raised signs saying their employers are super-sizing poverty. And new research suggests low wages paid to fast food workers are super-sizing public costs.
Researchers from the University of Illinois and University of California-Berkeley calculated Missouri taxpayers pay nearly $150 million a year to low-wage workers enrolled in assistance programs.
The study shows from 2007 to 2011, fast-food workers nationwide received an average of $3.9 billion a year for Medicaid and the children’s health insurance program, $1.04 billion a year for food stamp benefits and $1.91 billion a year in earned income tax credits.
A related report looked at worker wages vs. the profits of the companies they work for. The study showed the seven largest fast-food companies combined for $7.4 billion dollars in profits in 2012.
Those figures and potential solutions were up for discussion among state lawmakers and local alderman at the Monday morning meeting at City Hall.