This Isn't a Problem for Rick Perry: “Report cites gap between wages, affordable rental homes”

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From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “Report cites gap between wages, affordable rental homes“:

The gap between working families' wages and the cost of quality and affordable rental housing is growing and causing hardships nationwide, according to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

In Tarrant County, an average family must earn $16.56 an hour — or $34,440 a year — to afford a basic two-bedroom apartment at the 2010 fair-market rate of $861 a month, says the report, titled “Out of Reach 2010.”

But the average wage for renters has fallen to $15.17 an hour, down from $15.65 in 2009, the report found.

Of course, this isn't something that would ever happen to Rick Perry, who became a millionaire while in office, drives a Mercedes Benz, and lives in a $10,000-a-month rental mansion that the taxpayers pay for. Instead, all of those residents in Tarrant County described in the article — who are struggling to pay their rent — have to also subsidize the following essential items that have not made the 10% cuts from Rick Perry's rental mansion budget:


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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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