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Supporting Low Wage Workers Improves Behavioral Health

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A study published last month found that increasing the minimum wage and Earned Income Tax Credits can significantly reduce suicides. Article on new study about impact of minimum wage and Earned Income Tax Credit as interventions to decrease suicides and deaths of despair. In San Mateo County, 25% of county workers make $15 or less. Daly City, Belmont, Redwood City, and San Mateo took steps to improve the physical and mental well-being of local workers by increasing the minimum wage. State lawmakers are considering policies to both expand and improve access to California’s Earned Income Tax Credit.

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