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More than half of American fast food workers receive some type of public assistance.  

A new report from economists at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says that public aid ends up costing the nation around seven-billion dollars a year. 

Fast food workers earn on average eight dollars and 69 cents hourly, and they often work less than 40 hours a week. 

That qualifies them for food stamps, Medicaid and tax credits. 

The conservate Employment Policies Institute is slamming the report, calling it "creative writing."