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Minimum wage increase doesn’t add up to a living wage

BRAINTREE — Arline and Ashley Urquhart are barely scraping by. Arline, 42, makes a little more than $10 an hour managing the liquor department at the Walgreens in Downtown Crossing. Ashley, 19, makes $8 an hour, plus a few dollars a day in tips, at Dunkin’ Donuts in Dorchester.

The mother and daughter, who share a two-bedroom, rent-subsidized apartment and get free health insurance from the state, sometimes subsist on ramen noodles and protein shakes when the grocery money runs out.

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