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Last updated 7:02AM ET
September 19, 2018
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Economy leads to problems for the poor
(WOUB) - With gas prices over four dollars a gallon and food costing more and more, many people are tightening their belts on spending.

But an Ohio University sociology professor says some have nowhere left to tighten.

Cindy Anderson has devoted years of research into studying the low income working class.

"The working poor are very fragile as it is," she says, "and during a recession it gets far worse."

Ohio has increased the minimum wage but Anderson says that's not enough.

"I think that it's time for the legislation and the governors and others to step forward and make some changes and some rules that can help these people," she says.

"These are people who are working so they're not eligible for many of the substances that are available for low income people, so I think it's time for some structural change in the government."

Anderson says poor people have to look to their churches, friends and social service agencies for help because of a lack of government assistance.

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