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# Between 1995 and 2000, the minimum wage in

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Which of the following most logically completes the passage?

Between 1995 and 2000, the minimum wage in Laconia increased by 15 percent. However, even though all Laconian minimum-wage workers were subject to the increase, and inflation during this period was less than 3 percent, most Laconians who worked for minimum wage during this period were no more comfortable in 2000 than they were in 1995, primarily because_______.

(A)between 1995 and 2000 the number of Laconians working for minimum wage had been constantly increasing.

(B)during this time, most Laconian minimum-wage workers had no other source of income.

(C)between 1995 and 2000, most products consumed by Laconians working for minimum wage increased in price by 5 percent.

(D)Laconian minimum-wage workers did not have to pay any property or income taxes in 1995, a situation which had changed by 2000.

(E)most elderly people in Laconia received insignificant benefit, which was not sufficient to make a living, and their children who often worked for minimum wage had to support them financially.
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Which of the following most logically completes the passage?

Between 1995 and 2000, the minimum wage in Laconia increased by 15 percent. However, even though all Laconian minimum-wage workers were subject to the increase, and inflation during this period was less than 3 percent, most Laconians who worked for minimum wage during this period were no more comfortable in 2000 than they were in 1995, primarily because_______.

(A)between 1995 and 2000 the number of Laconians working for minimum wage had been constantly increasing.

(B)during this time, most Laconian minimum-wage workers had no other source of income.

(C)between 1995 and 2000, most products consumed by Laconians working for minimum wage increased in price by 5 percent.

(D)Laconian minimum-wage workers did not have to pay any property or income taxes in 1995, a situation which had changed by 2000.

(E)most elderly people in Laconia received insignificant benefit, which was not sufficient to make a living, and their children who often worked for minimum wage had to support them financially.

A- does not matter. Even though the number of workers were increasing, each recd the min pay. the pay didnt go down due to this fact.
B - does not matter. whether they had any additional source does not matter, since we dont know in 1995 if they had any additional source which made them comfy
C - this could be the answer..but would not cause significant discomfort, since their wage inc was 15%.
D - Yes..taxes came into effect and they could reduce the net take home pay
E - We dont know how many workers had dependent parents and if the scenario is applicable to most of them - note most elderly were dependent does not mean most wage workers had dependents.
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13 Oct 2013, 10:09
Between 1995 and 2000, the minimum wage in Laconia increased by 15 percent. However, even though all Laconian minimum-wage workers were subject to the increase, and inflation during this period was less than 3 percent, most Laconians who worked for minimum wage during this period were no more comfortable in 2000 than they were in 1995, primarily because_______.

(A)between 1995 and 2000 the number of Laconians working for minimum wage had been constantly increasing. Does not impact the argument, the argument clearly says that minimum wage increased by 15 percent so it is an average increase, also we are concerned with the existing minimum wage workers, not the new ones

(B)during this time, most Laconian minimum-wage workers had no other source of income. So what does the argument tell us that they had other sources of income earlier ? No

(C)between 1995 and 2000, most products consumed by Laconians working for minimum wage increased in price by 5 percent. Again it is given in the argument that inflation increased by 3 percent, even if we consider this to be the true (which can occur because the inflation was average inflation of a lot of products and this is concerned with the most used products ), It still does not prove how it affects the argument because the income did increase by 15 percent.

(D)Laconian minimum-wage workers did not have to pay any property or income taxes in 1995, a situation which had changed by 2000. This is correct because it shows the contrast between the two period by introducing income and property tax into picture, which did not exist earlier.

(E)most elderly people in Laconia received insignificant benefit, which was not sufficient to make a living, and their children who often worked for minimum wage had to support them financially. Out of scope. where does it say that the benefits were provided earlier but are not provided now
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29 Sep 2015, 22:24
Although, D seems legit, there is one problem, the statement says, "the situation changed"....
the change might be less than price increase of 5%(option c) ...
justified? , or am i being paranoid....?
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