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Phuong Tran understands the struggles of trying to survive on minimum wage in Nevada.

As an art major at the University of Nevada, Reno, Tran started working at the school library as a tech worker making $8.25, the state’s current minimum wage for employees without health insurance.

As a college student, Tran needed to pay for a place to live, textbooks, art supplies for her major and other costs associated with higher education. But after seeing a raise of just 75 cents during her 2½ years working at the school, Tran hit a point where it was no longer sustainable.

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