22 August 2019 - Bailey Loosemore and Ben Tobin (Louisville Courier Journal)
Ian Pollock spends most of his days in a restaurant kitchen, calling out orders to a line of cooks.
The job requires good communication and organization, skills Pollock has learned over a decade in the business. It pays $12 an hour, well above Kentucky's minimum wage of $7.25.
For a single adult, that wage is probably enough to earn a living. But Pollock splits custody of his 10-year-old son, which means it's barely enough to scrape by.