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For years, most of the jobs for the public park grounds crew in the city of Hamport have been minimum wage positions. Rents in Hamport have been steadily rising over the past decade, and housing advocates have argued that that employees earning minimum wage salaries who rent in Hamport would experience tremendous economic strain. Under pressure from these housing advocates, the city council of Hamport agreed to a dollar an hour raise for the public park grounds crew. When the city council member met with the grounds crew to announce this raise, the grounds crew as a group rejected the offer, but this is not surprising, because ____________________.

Which of the following most logically completes the passage?
a. bus drivers and transportation workers in Hamport, whose unions negotiates directly with the city council, recently received a two dollar raise.(this reason is not strong enough to reject the rise)
b. the increased annual salary would mean the grounds crew would no longer be eligible for the county’s low-income medical plan.( This reason provides strong ground for rejecting the offer)
c. most of the public park grounds crew live in nearby Dudley, where rents are cheaper, and commute to Hamport.(this reason would be a win win situation for them)
d. last month, two members of the city council spoke out against poor condition of Hamport’s public parks, for which the grounds crew is responsible.( Out of scope)
e. many members of the grounds crew resent the new homeless shelter, in the corner of the largest public park, that the housing advocates sponsored.(out of scope)

Will go with choice B
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For years, most of the jobs for the public park grounds crew in the city of Hamport have been minimum wage positions. Rents in Hamport have been steadily rising over the past decade, and housing advocates have argued that that employees earning minimum wage salaries who rent in Hamport would experience tremendous economic strain. Under pressure from these housing advocates, the city council of Hamport agreed to a dollar an hour raise for the public park grounds crew. When the city council member met with the grounds crew to announce this raise, the grounds crew as a group rejected the offer, but this is not surprising, because ____________________.

Which of the following most logically completes the passage?
a. bus drivers and transportation workers in Hamport, whose unions negotiates directly with the city council, recently received a two dollar raise.
b. the increased annual salary would mean the grounds crew would no longer be eligible for the county’s low-income medical plan.
c. most of the public park grounds crew live in nearby Dudley, where rents are cheaper, and commute to Hamport.
d. last month, two members of the city council spoke out against poor condition of Hamport’s public parks, for which the grounds crew is responsible.
e. many members of the grounds crew resent the new homeless shelter, in the corner of the largest public park, that the housing advocates sponsored.



Hi everyone,
The conclusion states that these people rejected an increase in salary for a reason. We need to find a negative side effect that would come with the increase in salary.

Option B clearly gives us a good reason to turn down the offer. Hence Option B is correct.
All the other options are irrelevant
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Re: For years, most of the jobs for the public park grounds crew in the ci [#permalink]
Hi Expert,

Request you to confirm why option C cannot be the answer choice as it seems valid that they will not be affected by an increase in rent and hence they rejected the increase in pay.
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