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Public aid crucial to fast-food workers

More than half of fast-food workers’ families nationwide rely on public assistance to get by —double the rate of the overall workforce — at a cost of nearly $7 billion a year to US taxpayers, according to a study released Tuesday.

In Massachusetts, employees of McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast-food chains receive $173 million a year in programs such as Medicaid and food stamps, research by the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found.

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