Poverty

House votes to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour

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In a long-sought victory for the left, the House on Thursday approved a measure to raise the hourly federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025.

By the numbers: The bill would increase the federal minimum wage, which currently rests at $7.25 an hour, nearly $15,000 a year for those working a 40-hour work week. Just 3 Republicans voted in favor, while 6 Democrats opposed the measure. The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009.

Prisons thrive on poverty

Poverty drives the criminal justice system in the U.S., and in turn, the prison industry.

Data: Brookings Institution; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

By the numbers: In the 8 years leading up to incarceration, about half of people in prison had no income, according to a 2018 study by the Brookings Institution. Less than 10% made $25,000 or more in any one year over the same period.