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    :: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 ::

    A fairer wage or fewer jobs? - By LAYLA BELLOWS, CAROLINE DOHACK and RACHEL HIGGINBOTHAM, Columbia Missourian
    Johnston sees the federal minimum as a starting wage for the youngest of workers. She doesn’t believe the average head of household makes that kind of money any more. She starts her employees, who are typically college age, at $5.50 an hour.

    “Older people are not typically applying,” Johnston said, citing the need to stand all day and the lack of health insurance as factors. Her student employees typically remain covered by their parents’ insurance.

    Noah Hollenkamp is one of Johnston’s baristas. He spends 20 to 25 hours a week pulling espresso shots and steaming milk behind the Kaffeeklatsch counter. He said he’s completely satisfied earning $5.75 an hour.
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    This is not the entire article, and there are certainly more sides to this issue. Only citing this small section takes the reporters' work out of context.
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