We could simply talk about the minimum wage. But better yet, let’s keep it real and find real working Americans—people on the front lines of the debate—as a way of telling the story. Businessweek photographed and interviewed people around the country, asking them questions and directing them to write their answers on a card and hold it up to be photographed. This is Jody Sullivan, 44, from Rosendale, N.Y. She earns $8 an hour as a cashier at a discount store.
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